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The Bears Den: April 20, 2015 - Offseason Chicago Bears news & notes

Week 17 starters Jon Bostic, Shea McClellin, and Christian Jones are in competition for one linebacker spot, thinks Moon Mullin.

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Bears' lineup of 'bubble' players growing - Moon Mullin: Jobs won't be officially won or lost until players get "on the grass," but the list of Bears starters in jeopardy is already getting long, particularly on defense where a coaching change is magnified by a scheme change.

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2015 Draft notes

Draft preview - Bob LeGere: Maxx Williams' talent, potential, and production stand out in what is considered a weak class of tight ends, but there are numerous third-day options who could help a team like the Bears, who are solid at TE with Martellus Bennett.

Draft preview - Patrick Finley: The Bears will draft a meaningful tight end only if Adam Gase is enamored with two-TE formations; there are a bevy of local names who are expected to be options on day 3.

Draft preview - Adam Hoge: Melvin Gordon would be a great longterm replacement for Matt Forte, but they have greater needs and it’s unlikely they’ll take a running back seventh overall, or that Gordon gets out of the first round.

Draft preview - Greg Gabriel with a look at Northern Iowa’s David Johnson and North Dakota State’s John Crockett, two prospects from what might be the best running back class seen in years.

Draft preview - Rich Campbell: Drafting at least one depth corner, perhaps one who could play the slot, seems logical. And if a good one is available on Day 2, there'd be no harm in pulling the trigger.

Draft preview - Greg Gabriel casts an eye over two of the best corners in the 2015 draft class, Trae Waynes from Michigan State and Wake Forest's Kevin Johnson.

Draft preview - Patrick Finley: Utah's converted receiver Nate Orchard matches Bears' pass rush need.

[Video] - Not-Hub Fishbain scouts Kentucky OLB Alvin "Bud" Dupree, who had an incredible performance at the NFL Combine.

Draft preview - Doug Farrar: NFL defenses require more and more from their interior D-linemen, and this draft class is willing and able to exceed expectations.   Lindsay H. JonesDanny Shelton leads draft's DT crop.


Bears mailbag - Jeff Dickerson's readers' Q&As on Lamarr Houston, Ka'Deem Carey, and Christian Jones ... moreMarcus Mariota, Bears on the trading block, JD's predicted 2015 Bears record.

Draft analysis - Tony Villiotti reviews draft data from 2005 to 2012 to see how teams fared by draft class. The Bears ranked 20th or worst in 7 of the 8 seasons covered, with the only exception being the 2008 draft class.

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Chicago area QB guru has the NFL's full attention - Adam L. Jahns: Jeff Christensen’s Throw It Deep academy is based in the Chicago suburbs and his alumni features a growing list of NFL QBs.  Rex Grossman reportedly considering setting up F*** It, I'm Going Deep academy.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Jared Dubin: The game of cat and mouse continues, as Adrian Peterson is not expected at Vikings offseason workouts.

Whut Butt - All 32 NFL logos redrawn as butts.


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