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The Bears Den: April 07, 2015 - Offseason Chicago Bears news & notes

One of the top 16 NFL linebackers of all time? Alex Marvez has Mike Singletary on the list.

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Bears' 2015 NFL Draft needs - Evan Silva breaks down the Bears' top needs; Josh Norris picks out some prospects in the draft whom the team could target.

Bears' starting lineup no better than last year - Is-Hub Arkush: The challenge for Ryan Pace in his first draft is to find at least two Week 1 starters at WR and safety, and eventual starters at RT, 5-technique and LB just to be better than last year.

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Houston says 2015 will bring out animal in him - Adam L. Jahns: Lamarr Houston believes in all the moves Ryan Pace and John Fox have made, and he’s elated about playing for Vic Fangio, whom he watched closely while in the Bay Area.

Illini TE Matt LaCosse eager to impress Bears, Packers - Adam L. Jahns: After an impressive pro day on March 5, the 6-6, 258-pounder has caught the eye of two nearby NFL teams.

Bears host tackle T.J. Clemmings for pre-draft visit - Brad Biggs: Athletic Pitt OT T.J. Clemmings might have more upside than any lineman in NFL draft, and is pegged for the middle to later parts of the first round [non-Tribune link].

Draft preview - Dan Durkin: Given that Iowa's two-gap DT Carl Davis plays with both power and quickness, it’s puzzling to understand why he wasn’t more productive in college.

Draft preview - Adam Hoge: Alabama's Landon Collins is widely considered the best safety in this year’s draft, but he’s probably not the best fit for the Bears because he won’t fill their need for a dependable free safety.

Draft preview - Not-Hub Fishbain: QB is a team need, and at some point in his time with the Bears, Pace — who admitted he was spoiled in New Orleans — will want to find his Drew Brees. Is that Marcus Mariota?

[Audio] - Kap & Haugh: Jason Cole on chances Mariota goes to Bears.

Mock Drafts - rounds up some recent mocks.

The 16 greatest linebackers in NFL history - Alex Marvez includes four Bears in his 16 best linebackers of all time.

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What recent trends can tell us about this year's draft - Jared Dubin: The rise of safeties, guards and WRs has paralleled the fall of RBs and centers, while D-linemen have stayed relatively consistent in terms of how they're valued on draft day.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Michael Rothstein with a look at where the Lions' roster stands as of now.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Tom Pelissero: Adrian Peterson to meet with NFL about status Tuesday, could be reinstated by April 15 after being on exempt list for months.