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The Bears Den: April 17, 2015 - Offseason Chicago Bears news & notes

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Kyle Long provides peek into Bears' voluntary workouts - Chris Boden: While being careful to respect the previous regime that brought him to Chicago, the two-time Pro Bowler fueled optimism when sharing the culture change in the building.

[Video] SportsTalk Live - Kyle Long believes Bears have right coaches in place.

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2015 Draft notes

Will Bears go easy on Forte this season? - Bob LeGere: With Ka'Deem Carey and Jacquizz Rodgers in the fold, Matt Forte may not get as many carries as he had last season.

Draft preview - Bob LeGere: There hasn't been a running back drafted in the first round since 2012, but that drought should end this year.  Bryan FischerThree backs who could be late-round steals.

[Video] - Not-Hub Fishbain goes over what Louisville WR DeVante Parker can bring to the table.

Draft preview - Dan Wiederer takes a look at the QB prospects in the draft.

Draft preview - Adam L. Jahns: A longstanding problem for the team and their thinnest position, the Bears are targeting safeties in a thin class, including Alabama's Nick Perry.

Draft preview - Jeff Dickerson: Nebraska's Randy Gregory offers potential, but his poor decisions off the field make selecting him a big risk.  Chris BurkeThe draft's top 10 edge rushers.

Draft preview - Greg Gabriel takes at some players who have the physical traits to be drafted highly but have some degree of risk attached to them, including Randy Gregory and Marcus Peters.

Draft preview - Adam Hoge: Oregon DE Arik Armstead is similar to Kyle Long in that he’s a raw player with impressive size and athleticism who is just scratching the surface of his potential; with the right coaching, he will be an All-Pro in the NFL.

Draft preview - Not-Hub Fishbain: There is a lot to like about Danny Shelton, but the Bears may be able to trade down and still get him if he's the choice.  [Video] Son of Hub on Shelton.

Draft preview - Dan Durkin's big board of the top 50 prospects in the 2015 draft.


Best/worst first-round picks for all 32 slots - Mike Huguenin finds room for Neal Anderson and Stan Thomas.  Guess which category each of them comes in.

2000 Draft do-over - Bryan Fischer sees the Ravens taking Brian Urlacher four spots ahead of the Bears' pick.....

Bears' 1975 draft one to remember - Larry Mayer: celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Bears' 1975 draft, which produced the legendary Walter Payton and several other starters.

Willie Gault follows Walter Payton's run at Toyota Grand Prix - Adam L. Jahns: Following in Walter Payton’s footsteps is never a bad thing, and that’s exactly what Willie Gault is doing on Saturday.

Whut - John Breech: Cap-wearing Bears fan sips coffee while robbing bank in Chicago.  David JustCheck out the Bears hats that will be worn at the Draft.

Check WCGer Sackman's selection of Bears-themed tops here, or some t-shirt designs here.

Polish sausage

Draft analysis - Tony Villiotti looks back at 10 years of first round trades. The Browns ("For whatever reason, the Browns seem to be in the middle of every controversial first round trade") get a category of their very own.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Frank Cooney with a look at the Lions' top needs and best fits in the draft.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Ben Goessling: Vikings' statement speaks volumes about Adrian Peterson plan ... Burke & FarrarWhere reinstatement leaves Vikings and their former star ... Judy BattistaAP's post-reinstatement future remains unclear ... Jarrett BellAP will make history with Vikings.

NFL helmets get 'Star Wars' redesign - I'm pretty certain this was Denned at the time but, with a trailer for the new film having just come out, here it is again.