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The Bear's Den: Thursday, April 14, 2016

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Today's Den relives the halcyon days of past draft picks like Curtis Enis, Rashaan Salaam, Stan Thomas and, of course, Cade McNown. In some cases, Bears fans reacted like the man in the picture... "They picked WHO???!!!"... pencils were thrown and colorful adjectives abounded... while in other cases, the picks were widely thought to be good, wise choices. This and more in today's Den.

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Let's do something a bit different today... let's each of us tell the story of our least favorite Bear's draft picks...

Here's a link to start us off:

Mayer: Chicago Bears best and worst draft picks - NFL.com - Not a new story (from 2013) but it gives some ideas about hits and misses in the draft. Key draft picks helped the Chicago Bears build a championship team in the 80s. Bad picks kept them from contending for the next 20 years. Find out who made the best and worst Bears picks.

And...

Cox: Was Gabe Carimi the Bears’ worst draft mistake in the last five years? - Bears Wire - ESPN's Jeff Dickerson says that Gabe Carimi was the biggest draft mistake the Bears have made since 2011.

A note on the poll... some of you might wonder at the choices on the poll, for example why no "Shea" on there... honestly, Shea didn't work out but he was nowhere NEAR the uber-bust level of play of any of the guys listed. Not even close. Shea was "average at very best", these guys on the poll were complete busts for Chicago, with like ONE sorta half-way decent season spread out across the whole list (Rashaan Salaam's rookie year was 1,000 yards... but a zillion fumbles)...

As always, BEAR DOWN!!!!

DRAFT / FREE AGENCY

Perez: Bears reportedly out of Muhammad Wilkerson sweepstakes - Bears Wire - With the Chicago Bears unwilling to trade their 1st round pick, they appear out of the running for Jets defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson

Dullea: Bears Prospect: Vanderbilt G Jake Bernstein - Cover32 - Playing for the Bears would fulfill a lifelong dream for Jake Bernstein, but how much interest do the Bears have?

Silva: Bears Draft Needs - Draft Analysis - Rotoworld.com - Evan Silva and Josh Norris walk through the Bears' top three needs and offer options for each of their draft picks.

Jahns Bears draft preview: Impressive Jerell Adams could fill TE void - Chicago Sun-Times - Part 4 of a 10-part series previewing the NFL draft, which begins April 28 at the Auditorium Theatre

Wiederer: NFL draft preview: Running backs - Chicago Tribune - Running back is certainly not the Bears' top need heading into the draft. But it would also not come as a shock if GM Ryan Pace added another ball carrier.

Hoge’s Bears Big Board: No. 12 CB William Jackson \III | WGN Radio - 720 AM - Jackson has the height and length that Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio covets, and his speed fits John Fox’s desire to get faster on defense.

Weiderer: Carson Wentz, Ronnie Stanley among players coming to Chicago for NFL draft - Chicago Tribune - The NFL draft is now barely two weeks away, with a full week of festivities again planned in downtown Chicago.

Cox: 2016 NFL Draft: Running backs the Bears could target in each round - Bears Wire - A look at running back targets for each round of the 2016 NFL Draft for the Chicago Bears, should the team want to add at the position.

Jahns: Players eager to impress at Bears' local pro day - Chicago Sun-Times - As usual, the Bears’ annual local pro day will be an eclectic mix, ranging from potential NFL picks to those who might find work in Canada. But on Thursday, they all will try to leave their fandom behind and impress the Bears at the invite-only event at Halas Hall.

Biggs: Georgia pass rusher Leonard Floyd to visit Bears - Chicago Tribune - The Chicago Bears have a variety of needs when it comes to their defense and arguably the greatest missing element is an edge rusher.

Wiederer: NFL draft preview, Running backs - Chicago Tribune - Running back is certainly not the Bears' top need heading into the draft. But it would also not come as a shock if GM Ryan Pace added another ball carrier.

Silva & Norris @ Rotoworld: Analyzing Bears' NFL Draft needs - CSN Chicago - Rotoworld Senior Football Editor Evan Silva and NFL Draft expert Josh Norris break down the Bears' biggest needs and provide a full seven-round mock draft.

BEARRRSSSS

Gantt: NFL announces its 2016 schedule has been completed - ProFootballTalk - Finally, the announcement of the pending announcement of the announcement. League spokesman Brian McCarthy just tweeted out news that the 2016 NFL schedule has been completed, and that we should stay tuned to find out when it would be announced.

Wiltfong: Will the Chicago Bears exercise the 5th year option on Kyle Long? - Windy City Gridiron - He's a three time Pro Bowler, the most popular player on the roster and he seems like a genuinely good guy. There's no way the Chicago Bears won't exercise the 5th year option for Kyle Long, is there?

Hackson: Fifth-year option tracker - ProFootballTalk - The complete list of 2013 first-round picks and their fifth-year contract option status is below. The list will be updated as appropriate; we analyzed the easy decisions and some of the more difficult ones here. The deadline for teams to pick up fifth-year options is May 2. 1.

Rosenthal: NFC Central, - Vikings, Packers poised to stay in control - NFL.com - Will the Lions and Bears be able to challenge the Packers and Vikings for supremacy in the NFC North in 2016? Gregg Rosenthal breaks down each team's roster.

Thamel: Fuller House, Kyle Fuller's younger brother Kendall set to join three brothers in pros - SI.com - When Kendall Fuller is drafted at the end of April, he'll be the fourth of his brothers to join the NFL ranks. Pete Thamel takes a look at one of America's most fascinating and low-key football families.

(VIDEO): WR Coach Johnson talks Alshon Jeffery - ChicagoBears.com - Bears wide receivers coach Curtis Johnson talks about working with Alshon Jeffery, Kevin White and the receiver corps.

3 and Out (VIDEO): Tracy Porter - ChicagoBears.com - Defensive back Tracy Porter answers three off-the-field questions for this week's edition of 3 And Out.

BEARRRSSSS FOR LIFE

Chicago Bears in the Hall - Paddy Driscoll - Known as much as a Bears nemesis, Paddy Driscoll was a Chicago Cardinal who became a Bear, and he played an important role on both sides of the bitter cross-town rivalry. If you don't know who Driscoll is, check this out.

Mayer: Buffone, Singletary went out with bang - ChicagoBears.com - With Kobe Bryant playing his final game Wednesday night after 20 seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers, we reflect on two illustrious Bears careers that ended in memorable fashion.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Peter: Former NFL player carried knife in fear of Will Smith's accused killer - USA Today - Ex-Saint Raion Hill worked as an extra with Cardell Hayes on "22 Jump Street."

Comitor: Bears, White Sox and more offer Blackhawks playoff support - Chicago Tribune - As the Blackhawks begin their playoff run Wednesday night against the Blues, Chicago teams are offering their support via social media.

Swartz: Kristin Cavallari says therapy saved her relationship with Jay Cutler - Chicago Tribune - Kristin Cavallari credits her therapist with saving her relationship with Bears quarterback Jay Cutler. "We've come so far being in therapy, both individually and together as a couple, that it's been incredibly beneficial," Cavallari tells Steve Harvey during Thursday's episode of his talk show.

Agent Drew Rosenhaus to Johnny Manziel: Get help - Chicago Tribune - Johnny Manziel's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, has told the troubled quarterback to seek help or he will no longer represent him.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Zinski: Should the Vikings trade up to get their receiver? - The Minnesota Vikings may have to trade up if they want to guarantee getting the receiver they need.

Culligan: Can the Packers 2015 draft class make the second-year jump? - Lambardiave.com - The Green Bay Packers' second-year players are facing an absolutely crucial season. Can they make the jump in performance in their second seasons?

Wilde: Mike Daniels was 'blindsided' by B.J. Raji's decision to walk away - ESPN - Green Bay Packers defensive lineman Mike Daniels knows he will have to add to his leadership responsibilities this season with B.J. Raji gone.

Meinke: Why the Lions aren't concerned Al Golden hasn't coached tight ends before - MLive.com - Al Golden has never coached tight ends before. In fact, he hasn't been on the offensive side of the ball at all since 1993, when he was the offensive coordinator at Red Bank Catholic High School in New Jersey. Yet the Detroit Lions just hired him to coach ... tight ends. So why would the Lions hire Golden? It turns out he has another quality that Detroit coach Jim Caldwell likes in assistant coaches -- head coaching experience, first at Temple (2006-10) and more recently at the University of Miami (2011-15). "Al has been a head coach for a long time," Caldwell said recently.

Playoff Teams Don't Always Have Repeat Success - The Vikings are coming off a season in which they went 11-5 and won the NFC North title, meaning they could be a trendy pick to reach the postseason once again. But in the days following Minnesota’s bitter 10-9 Wild Card playoff loss to Seattle, players and coaches spoke about not taking their success in 2015 for granted.

Rowan: Eddie Lacy in 'remarkable' shape after offseason work - Sportress of Blogitude - Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy reportedly is putting in a lot of work to get himself into better shape heading into the 2016 NFL season.

DRAFT PROFILES OF INTEREST TO BEARS FANS

NFL Draft Profile: Notre Dame OL Nick Martin | CSN Chicago

NFL Draft Profile: Ohio State DL Adolphus Washington | CSN Chicago

NFL Draft Profile: Stanford OL Kyle Murphy | CSN Chicago

NFL Draft Profile: Duke DB Jeremy Cash | CSN Chicago