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The Bears Den: April 16, 2015 - Offseason Chicago Bears news & notes

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Not so much grasping at straws as grasping at hairs.

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[Quiet day for non-draft-profiles Bears links, not even LaCanfora stirring it up with Cutler clickbait, and I want to keep all the draft stuff together in one section.  Wait, I found something... :-D ]

The NFL's top 10 beards - Jared Dublin: As ranked by Matt Slauson, who placed himself at #10. [Slauson's comments - hat tip to abynum]

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Draft preview - Patrick Finley takes a look at the team's draft needs on the O-line: Surprise Penn State draft entrant Donovan Smith could fit Bears.  Dan Wiederer: Which O-linemen should the Bears consider drafting?

Draft preview - Adam Hoge: Iowa OT Brandon Scherff would give the Bears a lot of flexibility, as they could start him immediately at right tackle or they could move Kyle Long to tackle and use Scherff at guard.

Draft preview - Jeff Dickerson: UCF wide receiver Breshad Perriman's ridiculous combination of size and top-end speed give him an enticing upside as a big-play threat.

Draft preview - Greg Gabriel with a look at Florida St. DE Mario Edwards and Penn State OT Donovan Smith.

Draft preview - Football Outsiders: Washington DT Danny Shelton is a good bet as a rotational, two-gap type player, but comparisons to Haloti Ngata and Dontari Poe are over-projections.

[Video] ESPN - Jeff Dickerson discusses the Bears' need for pass-rushers to help reshape defense.

[Video] - Is-Hub Arkush: He likely won't be available by the time the Bears pick at No. 7, but Florida DE/OLB Dante Fowler has impressed as a prospect.

Draft preview - Bob LeGere: Will Marcus Peters or Byron Jones be on Bears radar as they target cornerbacks?  Bears don't lack options at corner.

Draft preview - Dan Durkin: Given that Byron Jones started out as a free safety and then transitioned to corner, he would immediately fit in the Bears’ nickel sub package as they evaluate where his best position is at.

Draft preview - Doug Farrar: There's no sure thing in this year's draft class of safeties, but there are several players who can be of help to teams.

Mock Draft - Chris Burke has Kevin White in the first round to the Bears, and Florida State DT Eddie Goldman in the second.

[Video] SportsTalk Live - Jameis Winston meets with Bears; the panel discuss ... Kap & Haugh air their thoughts.

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Prospect maturity, domestic violence, and players we don’t know - Andrew Brandt's thoughts on Jameis Winston, Darren Sharper, and Aaron Hernandez.

Team visits don't mean all that much for prospects - Robert Klemko: Pre-draft visits by prospects get a lot of media attention, but many are calculated ruses by teams looking to gain an advantage.

NFL Draft Day misconceptions - Greg Gabriel: Most clubs take the BPA at a position of need, analyst draft boards aren’t comparable to teams' draft boards, and other things that people should know about the reality of the draft.

Learning to scout players - Andrew Perloff: At 65, Jerry Angelo has been counseling talent evaluators for three decades, and his philosophies serve as the backbone for the Scouting Academy.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Ben Goessling: Former GM Bill Polian says Vikings hold all the cards when it comes to Adrian Peterson's future.

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