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The Weekend Bears Den: May 02, 2015 - 2015 NFL draft Chicago Bears news & notes

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Bears pick DT Goldman in Round 2 - Larry Mayer: The Bears on Friday bolstered their defense by selecting Florida State DT Eddie Goldman with the 39th overall pick ... Goldman elated to join Bears defense.

Goldman may be final piece for new front seven - Moon Mullin: After Ryan Pace hired John Fox, and Fox added Vic Fangio, the organization set off on a path that right now projects to have new starters in potentially all seven defensive positions from the front-seven that finished the 2014 season.

Bears pick center Hroniss Grasu - Larry Mayer: A four-year starter at Oregon, Hroniss Grasu possesses so many positive intangibles that he earned a special designation on the Bears’ draft board.  Mini-LarryFilm study helps Goldman thrive.

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Bears select Eddie Goldman in second round, Hroniss Grasu in third

Bears take Eddie Goldman in second round - Jeff Dickerson: The Bears fill the need for an interior D-lineman to clog the middle with one of the best available.  Q&A with Eddie Goldman.

Bears draft Florida State DT Eddie Goldman - Not-Hub Fishbain: Many believe the most important cog in any good 3-4 defense is the nose guard to anchor and handle the point of attack, and the Bears found one on Day Two.

Player profile - Dan Durkin: The Bears will be multiple in their fronts under John Fox and Vic Fangio, so Goldman’s versatility and ability to play multiple techniques along the line is crucial.  Josh NorrisGoldman draft profile.

Eddie Goldman to team with idol - Patrick Finley: Florida State NT donned No. 90 in college to honor the Bears’ Jeremiah Ratliff, whom he tried to emulate during his 27 starts the last two seasons.

Goldman perhaps even better pick than White for Bears - Is-Hub Arkush: Getting Eddie Goldman at 39 is an absolute steal, not to mention he also fits one of the Bears' greatest areas of need.

[Video] NFL Network - NFL Network announces the Bears' second round pick, D-lineman Eddie Goldman.

[Video] - Highlights of the Bears' second round draft choice, Eddie Goldman.

Photos - With the 39th overall pick, the Bears select DT Eddie Goldman.

[Video] - Eddie Goldman answers questions from the Chicago media over the phone.

[Video] - Bears scout Sam Summerville stops by the PNC Studio at Halas Hall to chat with Larry Mayer about Eddie Goldman.

Grasu to rejoin Long with Bears - Mini-Larry: Third-round pick Hroniss Grasu will find a familiar face waiting for him in Chicago, Kyle Long, his former teammate at Oregon.

Bears draft C Hroniss Grasu - Son of Hub: Kyle Long's recommendations only further confirmed what Ryan Pace said was an easy evaluation due to the new center's terrific overall makeup.  Is-Hub ArkushBears go developmental route with Grasu.

[Video] NFL Network - NFL Network announces the Bears' third round pick, center Hroniss Grasu.

Photos - With the 71st overall pick, the Bears select C Hroniss Grasu.

[Video] - Highlights of the Bears[sic] third round draft choice, center Hroniss Grasu.

[Video] - Hroniss Grasu answers questions from the Chicago media over the phone.

[Video] - Bears area scout Francis St. Paul stops by the PNC Studio at Halas Hall to break down the Bears[sic] third round pick, center Hroniss Grasu.

Bears draft big in DT Goldman, center Grasu - Bob LeGere: The Bears were impressed by the versatility Goldman showed in Tallahassee, where he stood out in three different schemes, while Grasu gets high marks for agility, physical and mental toughness, football character and leadership.

Bears take Eddie Goldman, Hroniss Grasu on Day 2 - Gene Chamberlain: Goldman has played end and tackle, but is viewed as a NT for the middle of the team's new 3-4; possible Grasu could play some at guard, but Pace sees him as a true center.

Bears bulk up with men in the middle at NT and center - Brad Biggs: The Day 2 picks from 2014 didn't make major impacts; it's up to John Fox and his staff to see how quickly Goldman and Grasu can get game action.

Bears address needs in trenches on Day 2 - Dan Wiederer: Over the draft's first two days, the Bears sense they have grabbed a trio of players that can catalyze their improvement. Rich Campbell's player profiles.

More on the 2015 NFL Draft

What will Day 3 bring? - Rich Campbell: Bears sticking to best-player-available approach as defensive needs remain, with only three Day 3 picks at their disposal.

10 draft targets for the Bears on Day Three - Is-Hub Arkush: There are still a number of prospects available in areas of real need for the Bears who[m - Den] many had Day One or Day Two grades on.

Mock drafts - FanSpeak's "On the Clock Mock Draft Simulator" data has been updated for Day 3 to include draft order with trades, team needs & players available (day 3 BPAs).

Photos - With the 2015 NFL Draft underway, take a look at the first night's events including an appearance by Dick Butkus and a 'Sweetness Simulator'.

Photos - Take a trip inside Halas Hall and visit the Bears' Draft room on the first night of the 2015 NFL Draft.

Further reaction to Kevin White's selection in first round

Pace keeps it simple - Dan Bernstein: There’s just no need to rationalize a receiver as obviously talented as White. No head-scratching is involved with this pick, no long-winded justifications of why they valued him more than the established consensus, no precious hipster statements. Just the best player.

D would have been better choice, but White will do - Rick Morrissey: Saying the Bears blew a first-round pick on a receiver to replace another receiver is an empty argument, because they had to clean up their locker room and White appears to be the anti-Marshall.

Kevin White speed fits Ryan Pace WR mold - Moon Mullin: Where former Phil Emery went for size first, Pace has a history of being involved with providing his QBs speed bordering on frightening.

Bears' selection of White shows support for Cutler - Adam L. Jahns: The trade rumors swirled again and again, but the Bears made a big move in support of Jay Cutler in selecting West Virginia's Kevin White.

Kevin White: Bears were meant to be - Patrick Finley: Kevin White saw the signs last week when he visited Halas Hall. Cosmically, the connection started last fall.  Rich CampbellWhite's college position coach discusses his route running, intangibles.

White pumped to land with Bears - (CBS): Kevin White joined Boers and Bernstein and also talked about how he’ll fit in to the Bears’ offense [with Audio].

White proved to himself early last season that he could 'play' - Dan Wiederer: Against one of the country's most vaunted defenses, Kevin White had nine catches, 143 yards and a TD, a proving-ground performance in the season opener.

White motivated by doubters - Bob LeGere: Unlike most of the NFL's other first-round draft choices, Kevin White hasn't spent his football career basking in the glow of stardom.

White hopes to inspire JUCO players - Larry Mayer: Because he once stood in their shoes, Kevin White hopes to serve as an inspiration for players toiling at junior colleges whose dreams of reaching the NFL appear to be on life support.

Former West Virginia QB raves about White - Arthur FitzHub: 'I've never met anyone who doesn't like Kevin - besides maybe defensive backs' says White's former teammate, Clint Trickett.

Pace swings for the fences in first draft as an NFL GM - Mark Potash: White had only one season of significant production at the major-college level, but his "ultra-competitiveness" could turn some question marks into exclamation points. If Pace has that kind of perception, he’s going to hit more than he misses.

Teammates welcome White to Bears - Larry Mayer: After Kevin White was selected by the Bears with the seventh pick, some of his new teammates took to Twitter to welcome him to town.  Jeff DickersonJay Cutler makes dinner reservations for Kevin White.

For White, move to Bears, Chicago just another transition - Moon Mullin: The transition from one level of a sport to the next is nearly always an exponential leap. For Kevin White, one part of the leap to the NFL won’t compare to one jump he’s already experienced.

Kevin White 'can't wait' to work with Cutler - Patrick Finley: The West Virginia alum reported to Halas Hall around noon Friday, chose to wear No. 13, and sat down for lunch with Jay Cutler, Alshon Jeffery and receivers coach Mike Groh.

[Video] - Kevin White sits down with Jeff Joniak at Halas Hall.

[Video] - Kevin White answers question from the media on Draft night.

[Video] - Not-Hub Fishbain sits down with Kevin White, who is excited and humbled to be drafted to the Bears.

[Audio] - Adam Hoge chats with Kevin White.

[Video] - Bears Director of Player Personnel Josh Lucas stops by the PNC Studio at Halas Hall to break down the Bears[sic... Love of Ditka, would you guys please get someone who has some elementary understanding of basic grammar to work on the franchise's website?!? - Den] first round pick, Kevin White.

Go backstage on White's great night - Mini-Larry: Take a trip backstage with Bears rookie Kevin White, who was a busy man after being the seventh pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Photos - cameras followed Kevin White during his first full day at Halas Hall.


Pace: Bennett has not requested a trade - Jeff Dickerson: Ryan Pace said Friday that absent Pro Bowl TE Martellus Bennett has not requested a trade.

Team notes - Patrick Finley: Bears reunite friends Hroniss Grasu and Kyle Long; no trade demand from Martellus Bennett, says Pace; Matt Forte returns to Halas; Ego Ferguson's position on D-line not set.

Ratliff pleads guilty to DWI - (ESPN): Jeremiah Ratliff was give one year's probation and fined after pleading guilty to a 2013 DWI charge on Thursday.

[Video] - Dick Butkus joins the Kap and Haugh Show to reflect on the draft process in 1965 before being selected by the Bears, a stark contrast to today's method.

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