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The Bear's Den: Monday, April 11, 2016

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Will today be a Manic Monday of free agent acquisitions, a big trade, or will it be another day of steady preparations for Chicago Bears GM Ryan Pace & company? We are about to find out.

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BEAR DOWN!!!!

DRAFT / FREE AGENCY

Perez: Should the Bears draft Connor Cook in the second round? - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears are likely to draft a quarterback in the 2016 NFL Draft. Is Connor Cook a fit in the 2nd round?

Durkin: Memphis QB Paxton Lynch Scheduled To Visit, Work Out For Bears - CBS Chicago - Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch has a visit and workout scheduled with the Bears on April 19, a source said. ynch is widely considered the third-best quarterback prospect in the 2016 class.

Perez: Should the Bears consider trading up to draft Jalen Ramsey? - Bears Wire - Should the Chicago Bears consider trading up to draft Florida State defensive back Jalen Ramsey in the 2016 NFL Draft?

LeGere: NFL experts see 10 players vying for Bears' No. 11 pick - Daily Herald - There's quite a discrepancy among mock drafts regarding which player the Bears will take with the 11th overall pick on April 28. The consensus is that general manager Ryan Pace and coach John Fox will look to add more play-makers to the defense, but there could be a couple offensive players who, if they're available, would be hard to pass up.

Ottochain: Ranking the top-5 cornerbacks in the 2016 NFL Draft - Bears Wire - A look at the Top-5 cornerbacks in this draft and how they may fit with the Chicago Bears.The Chicago Bears have not addressed the corner position at all in free agency, opting only to re-sign their own players. There was some rumored interest in Patrick Robinson, the free agent from the San Diego Chargers, but that was about it.

Perez: Five players the Bears could target in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft - Bears Wire - The Bears enjoyed success in the 2nd round of the 2015 NFL Draft and will be looking to do it again with the 41st pick of the 2016 NFL Draft

Ottochain: Which combination of players would make the best first and second-round picks for the Bears? - Bears Wire - One of the most difficult and often overlooked pieces of the NFL Draft is the domino effect that each round’s selection has. The first round pick often sets the plan for the next selection and each one after it to fill needs and add talent to the roster. Here are some possible scenarios for combinations of the Bears' first and second round picks. Some are more enticing then others.

BEARRRSSSS

Biggs: Q&A with Ryan Pace: Bears GM reflects on his first 15 months on the job - Chicago Tribune - In a recent interview, Bears general manager Ryan Pace talked about dealing with the unexpected, front-office dynamics and how soon the Bears can compete.

Dullea: Chicago Bears pre-preseason storylines - Cover32 - Chicago Bears head coach John Fox, will face his former team in the defending Super Bowl Champion Broncos. It is always interesting...

Ottochian: Kyle Fuller must improve in his third season as a Bear - Bears Wire - Third-year cornerback Kyle Fuller is facing a critically important year in 2016 with the Chicago Bears. Kyle Fuller has had an up-and-down career so far with the Bears since joining the team as a first-round pick — No. 14 overall — in the 2014 NFL Draft. In his defense, he has never had the benefit of consistency in Chicago. During his first two seasons, Fuller’s experienced a front office change, coaching change and two very different defensive schemes.

Perez: Is a trade between the Jets and Bears more likely now with Ferguson’s retirement? - Bears Wire - Will the New York Jets be more willing to deal Muhammad Wilkerson to the Chicago Bears now that they have a glaring need at left tackle?

Mullen: Bears OL competition scenarios intensifying as draft approaches - CSN Chicago - As the 2016 NFL Draft approaches, the Bears offensive line competition scenarios intensifying are intensifying and getting more and more interesting.In the trough between the early weeks of free agency and the draft, another look is in order at the position group most responsible for the health of quarterback Jay Cutler and the career development of running backs Ka’Deem Carey and Jeremy Langford — the Bears offensive line.

Cox: Ryan Pace talks front office and team-building philosophy - Bears Wire - Ryan Pace spoke with the Chicago Tribune about his career so far as general manager and what the future will bring for the team.

Finley: Kyle Long says Bears will have to 'fight me' to move from right guard - Chicago Sun-TimesKyle Long is back at the position he loves, and not going anywhere soon. "They will have to literally fight me to move me from right guard," he told the Sun-Times on Friday night, after participating in a downtown event for Brandon Marshall’s Project 375. "I don’t think John Fox wants to do that."

Ottochain: Adrian Amos proved to be the steal of the Bears’ 2015 draft class - Bears WireAdrian Amos went from a fifth-round rookie to a key piece of the future of the Chicago Bears defense in one short season. The safety position in Chicago has been a turnstile of names and sub-par talent in recent years. From seventh-round picks, undrafted free agents, third-round misses, and big money free-agent signings, the Bears have struggled to find consistency in the back end of their secondary.

BEARRRSSSS FOR LIFE

Weaver: Walter Payton, an inspiring tribute - Cover32 - Walter Payton is the greatest Chicago Bears NFL player to ever live and we will fight anybody who says different.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Mayer: Fourth Fuller brother headed to NFL - ChicagoBears.com - When Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller's younger brother, Kendall (far right), is selected in the draft later this month, the Fullers will become only the second family to send four brothers to the NFL.

Other teams already are picking brains of fired Browns scouts - ProFootballTalk - The Browns arguably fired safety Donte Whitner too late. And they've arguably fired six scouts too early. Per a league source, other teams already have begun to try to pick the brains of the six former scouts in an effort to learn more about Cleveland's plans for the draft.

Florio: Arians hopes to convince mothers that football is safe to play - ProFootballTalk - A generation ago, Bobby Boucher's mother dubbed "foosball" the devil. Now, plenty of other mom's believe the same thing. And Cardinals coach Bruce Arians plans to do something about it.

Florio: Johnny Manziel is living with Von Miller, unless he isn’t - ProFootballTalk - Free-agent quarterback Johnny Manziel doesn't have a team. But he claims he has a roommate. "I'm living out here with my guy, Von Miller," Manziel told TMZ on Saturday night, via ESPN.com. "Everybody knows Von Miller. Super Bowl MVP, Von Miller, my brother. I'm living with him right now.

Greenwell: Former WKU TE Tyler Higbee arrested, charged with assault, fleeing/evading police, alcohol intoxication | WKU Sports | bgdailynews.com - Former Western Kentucky tight end Tyler Higbee was arrested Sunday morning and charged with second-degree assault, alcohol intoxication in a public place and second-degree fleeing or evading police.

CONCUSSIONS

Birkett: Former Detroit Lions guard Rob Sims worried about longterm health - Detroit Free PressRob Sims is like many former NFL players in that he’s concerned about whether he has the degenerative brain disease CTE after a long career playing football. Sims started 80 games with the Lions in 5 seasons and said he wonders whether he has the degenerative brain disease CTE

KNOW THY ENEMY

Rivard: T.J. Lang: Why the Green Bay Packers will win Super Bowl 51 - T.J. Lang, the Green Bay Packers' right guard, is key to the franchise's run toward a Super Bowl 51 title in 2016. He's the fifth-best guard in the league.

Vikings Digital Diaries (podcast): NFLDraftScout & CBS Sports Dane Brugler - Vikings Digital DiariesVikings radio with Scotty and CBS Sports Dane Brugler. Previewing the Vikings NFL Draft.

Courtney: Risky business for Packers with 27th pick - PackersNews USA Today - Finding an impact player with the 27th pick in the NFL draft can be a hit-and-miss proposition, as the Green Bay Packers are well aware.

Birkett: With Ryan Clady out of mix, where do the Lions go at LT? - Detroit Free Press - They missed out on Russell Okung in free agency. They didn't make any real effort to sign Kelvin Beachum. Cordy Glenn got the franchise tag before he became available.

DRAFT PROFILES OF INTEREST TO BEARS FANS

NFL Draft Profile: Michigan State OL Jack Allen | CSN Chicago

NFL Draft Profile: Arkansas RB Alex Collins | CSN Chicago

NFL Draft Profile: Mississippi State DL Chris Jones | CSN Chicago

NFL Draft Profile: South Carolina WR Pharoh Cooper | CSN Chicago

NFL Draft Profile: Texas A&M OL Germain Ifedi | CSN Chicago

NFL Draft Profile: Louisiana Tech RB Kenneth Dixon | CSN Chicago

NFL Draft Profile: LSU OL Vadal Alexander | CSN Chicago

NFL Draft Profile: Michigan State WR Aaron Burbridge | CSN Chicago

NFL Draft Profile: Ohio State OL Taylor Decker | CSN Chicago

NFL Draft Profile: Penn State DL Carl Nassib | CSN Chicago

NFL Draft Profile: Arkansas TE Hunter Henry | CSN Chicago

NFL Draft Profile: Mississippi State QB Dak Prescott | CSN Chicago