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The Weekend Bear's Den: April 2 & 3, 2016

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The Chicago Bears have a busy week, adding several players, as well as attending pro days and bringing prospects into town for individual meetings. With 3 weeks left until the draft, there's a ton of work left to do... but... not for us, it's weekend time here at WCG, and weekends are something not to be missed!

Nothing better than a tailgater!
Nothing better than a tailgater!
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BEAR DOWN!!!!

DRAFT / FREE AGENCY

Edholm: Notre Dame LB Jaylon Smith on knee, 'I am leg-pressing over 600 pounds' - Shutdown Corner - Yahoo Sports- Jaylon Smith, a one-time top-10 NFL draft prospect, said he has made major progress after a career-threatening knee injury.

Gabriel: So, So Many Permutations Leading Up To Bears’ No. 11 Pick - CBS Chicago - If a few quarterbacks go in the top 10, the Bears will be sitting in good shape at No. 11 overall.

Citrone: Draft Analytics, Maximizing Draft Value By Position - Using historical NFL Draft data and simple statistical methods, we can work to answer this question and gain insight on maximizing draft value. The idea is simple: identify trends in the NFL Draft by plotting expected value added by position with each pick in the draft. Helmet Tip to The Daily Norseman.

Jeremiah: Bears just outside of range for elite prospects - NFL.com - With the No. 11 overall pick in the draft, are the Bears just outside the range to get a top-tier talent? What else did we learn in a media teleconference with Charles Davis and Daniel Jeremiah.

2016 NFL Draft: Would you take kicker Roberto Aguayo in second/third round? - NFL.com - Roberto Aguayo entered the NFL draft after his junior year, which isn't abnormal for an All-American -- unless he's a kicker. Now some are projecting him to go in Round 2. Would you pull the trigger?

Emma: Notre Dame’s KeiVarae Russell Believes He’s The Draft’s Best Corner - CBS Chicago - The Bears are among teams that have met with Russell, the rising cornerback prospect.

Durkin’s Prospect Watch: DE/OLB Emmanuel Ogbah - CBS Chicago - With elite athleticism but unrefined technique, Ogbah is an intriguing first-round prospect.

Householder: Which team could poach a Bears pick this year? - Windy City Gridiron - Two years ago it was Aaron Donald, last year it was Leonard Williams. Which player could be swiped before the Bears have a chance to take him?

Fishbain: Pro Football Weekly's 2016 NFL Draft Prospect Preview: Ronnie Stanley - Chicago Football - Notre Dame left tackle has great technique on the blind side. Stanley’s pure pass protection is outstanding. The trait that stands out most is his ability to quickly get into his pass set. Yes, he is massive with long arms, which are perfect for the position, but the way he moves his feet off the snap to protect the blind side is superb.

BEARRRSSSS.......

NFL announces offseason workout program dates - NFL.com - Free agency is winding down. Super Bowl 50 is getting further in the rearview mirror. That means it's almost time for all 32 teams to commence their offseason programs. Here are the key dates for every team.

Bernstein: Pressure Is On Bears’ Hroniss Grasu To Improve " CBS Chicago - The signings of Manny Ramirez and Ted Larsen mean Grasu must get the job done now if he wants to play.

Weaver: Bears should call Raiders about tight end trade - Cover32 - The Chicago Bears have a hole to fill at the tight end position and the Oakland Raiders might be willing to deal Mychal Rivera.

Lynch: Omar Bolden signs with the Chicago Bears - Mile High Report
(From Denver's point-of-view complete with MHR comments.With Chicago's acquisition of several ex-Broncos, the public relations staff for the Bronco's is working in high gear, under the direction of "you know who.") The Chicago Bears have signed Omar Bolden to a one-year deal worth $760,000.

BEARRRSSSS FOR LIFE......

Jones-Drew: Matt Forte, Lamar Miller benefit from move; Chris Ivory hindered - NFL.comMatt Forte and DeMarco Murray both changed teams this offseason. Will they have more or less success in new locales? Maurice Jones-Drew weighs in on five running backs on the move.

Chicago Bears - Highlights from the 1990s - The Bears made playoff appearances in 1990 and 1991. The 1992 season was marked by the retirement of Mike Singletary, the end of the Mike Ditka era and Kevin Butler becoming the club's all-time scoring leader. Dave Wannstedt was named the 11th coach in team history in 1993 and led the Bears to back-to-back winning seasons in 1994 and 1995.

CONCUSSIONS

Young: Lions' Levy says 'Compensation isn’t an excuse' for NFL to deny risks | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo Sports - In a detailed e-mail to a reporter, the linebacker wrote of his fears for his health and the NFL's handling of head trauma issues.

Schwab: We have a full-scale New York Times vs. NFL war - Shutdown Corner - Yahoo Sports - From Yahoo Sports: The NFL wasn't happy with The New York Times, demanded a retraction of its story criticizing the NFL on how it handled the concussion issue, and The Times shot back in kind.

POLISH SAUSAGE

NFL prospect says team asked about how he would kill someone - SI.com - NFL prospect Jalen Mills was asked by an unnamed team whether he would choose a knife or a gun to kill a person.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Lemiex: PODcast (audio), A visit with Mike Payton to discuss Nkemdiche, movies and more - Pride Of Detroit - Mike Payton from Side Lion Report joins the PODcast on short notice to help us talk about the Lions and more important topics: a movie that has confused and astounded us and the biggest sports entertainment event coming down your television pipes this weekend. We also talk about Robert Nkemdiche, because that particular storyline is taking a curious turn.

Demovsky: Packers have made gains on injuries under Mike McCarthy's new plan - ESPN - According to Football Outsiders' formula, the Packers lost the ninth-fewest games to injury in the NFL in 2015 after losing the most in 2012.

Mehta's Jets Mailbag: Mo Wilkerson’s desire to be traded - NY Daily News - The April Fool’s Eve edition of the Jets mailbag is no joke. We delve into Mo Wilkerson’s desperate attempt to be traded, the fish-or-cut-bait deadline on Ryan Fitzpatrick, the Geno Coaster, why Bryce Petty is not an option right now and more.

DRAFT PROSPECTS OF INTEREST TO BEARS FANS

NFL Draft Profile: Mississippi State WR De'Runnya Wilson - CSN Chicago

NFL Draft Profile: Memphis QB Paxton Lynch - CSN Chicago

NFL Draft Profile: BYU DL/LB Bronson Kaufusi - CSN Chicago

NFL Draft Profile: Stanford TE Austin Hooper - CSN Chicago

NFL Draft Profile: Notre Dame DL Romeo Okwara - CSN Chicago