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The Bears Den: April 24, 2015 - Offseason Chicago Bears news & notes

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How tough will the move to a 3-4 defense be for the Bears? - Is-Hub Arkush with a look at the history of the 3-4, and how it can work for the Bears: Let’s not forget, it wasn’t the 4-3 scheme that left the defense so hopeless last year.

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2015 Draft notes

Draft preview: Edge rushers - Rich Campbell: Tapping a deep class to add a three-down standout would go a long way toward making the defense as successful as the 49ers were under Vic Fangio the last four seasons.

Draft preview: Linebackers - Moon Mullin: Regardless of the offseason additions in the position group, the priority placed on pass rushers effectively sets the need level permanently at "moderate."

Draft preview - Adam Hoge: The sneakiest way to fix the Bears’ safety problem could be to draft the small-for-a-linebacker Shaq Thompson, who was the No. 1 safety coming out of high school but never really used in that role by Washington.

Draft preview: D-Line - Moon Mullin: Will Sutton's niche in the transition to a 3-4 may lie in a nickel rush alternative to Jarvis Jenkins and Ray McDonald, who have not been sack threats.

Draft preview: Receiver - Patrick Finley: The Bears could replace Brandon Marshall with Brandon Marshall. West Virginia's Kevin White reminds Charles Davis of Marshall, who[m - Den] the Bears dealt.  Dan WiedererWheaton's Titus Davis hopes nose for end zone pays off in draft.

[Video] - Is-Hub Arkush: One of the most prolific runners in the draft, Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon is a top prospect.

Draft preview - Greg Gabriel: When healthy, Georgia's Todd Gurley is probably the most physical runner to come out since Adrian Peterson. The key phrase is "when healthy".

[Video] - Arthur McHub: Miami OT Ereck Flowers has experience on the left side, but may be better suited for the right in the NFL.

Draft preview - Jesse Pantuosco: The Bears are one of ten teams that could land Marcus Mariota, though it's unlikely he'll fall to seventh,

Draft preview - Dan Durkin's top-64 Big Board ... profile their top 64.

Draft preview - Chris Burke: If a team can't land the top prospect at its positions of need, these 10 comparable players make for valuable backup plans as potential late-round steals ... Matt BrownNFL draft sleeper team.

[Video] SportsTalk Live - Where are the Bears leaning at No. 7?


Roster news - Larry Mayer: The Bears on Thursday signed TE Bear Pascoe to a one-year contract. Pascoe has appeared in 82 games with 34 starts over six seasons with the Giants and Falcons.  Not-Hub AtkinsAdam Gase may be bringing 2-TE power running sets from Denver.

[Video] - Moon Mullin on 2015 Bears outlook.

Draft analysis - Tony Villiotti takes a look back at which side of the ball teams drafted for over the past 10 years' worth of drafts, manages to mix up his greater than and less than symbols. Bears' strongest tendencies are to take D-line high, O-line and corners low.

Worst trades involving draft picks in football history - Alex Marvez manages to find five trades that were worse than giving up a first-rounder for three starts and a solitary season from Rick Mirer.

Bears doing good things - The Bears will make a $100,000 donation to recovery efforts for those affected by tornadoes that struck northern Illinois, including the town of Fairdale. Blake Annen, Ryan Mundy and Will Sutton will help with debris cleanup on Friday.

Tillman: ‘I’ll always be a Bear’ - Dan Durkin: Charles Tillman will remain active in the Chicago community, teaming up with Jarrett Payton and Jerry Azumah to organize a "Monsters of the 5K/10K" race that will benefit their respective foundations.

Ex-Bear news - (AP): The family of Dave Duerson plans to appeal terms of this week's class-action concussion settlement "sooner rather than later."

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Know thy enemy: Packers - Rob Demovsky: The Packers' secondary makeup has changed, with just-turned-26 Morgan Burnett now the senior member of a largely inexperienced secondary.