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The Bear's Den: April 21, 2016

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Another HUGE day of trades before next week's 2016 NFL draft, as the Eagles/Browns swap shakes up the top end of the draft. Will a run on quarterbacks help the Chicago Bears by sliding some of the top non-QB talent down to the #11 spot? This and a LOT more in today's Den.

Destroying SF on the way to the Super Bowl in 1985, Shaun Gayle & Samurai Mike Singletary
Destroying SF on the way to the Super Bowl in 1985, Shaun Gayle & Samurai Mike Singletary
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Chicago Football Podcast: Mike Tanier of Bleacher Report talks NFL Draft, Bears - Chicago Football - We swear, only a week more of draft speculation, and Bleacher Report's Mike Tanier (@MikeTanier) joined host Kevin Fishbain to continue adding fuel to the fire of pre-draft talk.

Fishbain's Pro Football Weekly 2016 NFL Draft Prospect Preview: Shaq Lawson and Kevin Dodd - Chicago Football - Clemson's defensive ends should be first-round picks after strong 2015 seasons.

Perez: Potential Bears 2016 NFL Draft target: Jarran Reed, DL, Alabama - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears are expected to draft a defensive lineman in the 2016 NFL Draft. Alabama's Jarran Reed could be in play in the 1st round.

Ottochian: 2016 NFL Draft, top sleeper at every defensive position - Bears Wire - A detailed look at some of the under the radar prospects that are better than they are being talked about now as the draft moves closer.

Cox (audio): Should the Bears take Noah Spence with the No. 11 pick? - Bears Wire - The Bears Wire staff analyzes edge rusher Noah Spence and whether the Chicago Bears should take him over Clemson's Shaq Lawson.

Perez: Bears meet with Memphis QB Paxton Lynch - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears are doing their due diligence in researching the 2016 NFL Draft quarterback class, including gathering intel on players at the position who are likely to be drafted in the first two rounds.

Ottochain: 2016 NFL Draft, Ranking the top edge rushers - Bears Wire - Bears coach John Fox has always prioritized pass rushers in the NFL Draft, as past stops with the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos produced draft picks like Julius Peppers and Von Miller. He could be looking to add another one, this time in Chicago.

Perez: Bears to sign QB Brian Hoyer? - Bears Wire - Free agent QB Brian Hoyer could sign with the Bears by week's end, according to an NFL insider.

Mullen: Bears NFL Draft Preview: Is running back a priority? - CSN Chicago - Even with three running backs on the roster, Matt Forte's departure left a hole at RB for Bears.

NFL draft preview (video): Big Ten prospects to watch - Chicago Tribune - Chicago Tribune sports reporter Teddy Greenstein gives you the top Big Ten prospects as well as some local hopefuls.

NFL draft roundtable (video): Expecting the Bears to draft a QB? - Chicago Tribune - NFL draft roundtable: Are we expecting the Bears to draft a QB?

Bears draft preview: Arkansas QB Brandon Allen one to watch - Chicago Sun-Times - Part 8 of a 10-part series previewing the NFL draft, which begins April 28 at the Auditorium Theatre.

NFL draft preview (video): Rosenbloom's Tell us a story with Dan Hampton - Chicago Tribune - Steven Rosenbloom takes a moment to hear the stories from past NFL players on the day they were drafted to the NFL.

Greenstein: An opponent's insight on Jared Goff, Christian Hackenberg and Kevin Hogan - Chicago Tribune - Northwestern faced three intriguing quarterback prospects in the NFL draft: Cal's Jared Goff, Penn State's Christian Hackenberg and Stanford's Kevin Hogan

Campbell's NFL draft preview: Safeties - Chicago Tribune - The Bears got zero interceptions out of their starting safeties in 2015 and could have both a short-term and a long-term need at the position.

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Mayer: Cutler organized workouts in Nashville - ChicagoBearsJay Cutler organized a gathering of Bears skill-position players last week in Nashville to help strengthen their bond on and off the field.

Mayer: Langford ready to become No. 1 back - ChicagoBears.comJeremy Langford knows that he has big shoes to fill, but the 2015 fourth-round pick is undaunted by the challenge of replacing Matt Forte as the Bears' No. 1 running back.

Perez: Bears RB Jeremy Langford says he shouldn’t come off the field unless he’s tired - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears RB Jeremy Langford discussed his confidence heading into the 2016 season as the team's starting running back.

Cox: Danny Trevathan on first day in Halas Hall: ‘I feel like I’m home.’ - Bears Wire - The new Chicago Bears linebacker is clearly comfortable on his new team, as he explained to ChicagoBears.com at their offseason workouts.

Perez: How the Browns-Eagles trade impacts the Bears’ draft - Bears Wire - The recent trade between the Eagles and Browns for the No. 2 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft will impact the Chicago Bears first-round pick.

Cox: Bears DB Demontre Hurst talks Tony Jefferson and more in Part 2 of exclusive interview - Bears Wire - In an exclusive interview, Bears' DB Demontre Hurst revealed that free agent Tony Jefferson reached out to him about joining the Bears.

Weaver: Bears benefit from Browns, Eagles trade - Cover32 - The dominoes are falling fast in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft, and the Chicago Bears might benefit as much as any other team.

Wiltfong's Chicago Bears Sackwatch 2015: Week 3 vs Seattle Seahawks - Windy City GridironKen's note: leading up to the draft, I am posting these as a review of our pass protection in 2015. Lester does such an outstanding job that it's well worth the time to revisit the articles and see what, if any, progress has been made since that game. "Every week I'll break down the pass protection of the Chicago Bears in my Sackwatch series and I'll keep a running total. This week the Bears allowed 2 more sacks to the Seattle Seahawks, so come check out what happened on those 2 plays."

Weaver: NFL Power Rankings, five most improved teams - Cover32 - Bears move up. NFL fans know that the game is played from August to February, but the competition is a year-round event that goes 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

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Rosen: We Still Miss Doug Buffone Every Day - CBS Chicago - Buffone's presence is still felt at 670 The Score a year after he passed away.

Chicago Bears in the Hall - Dan Hampton - A disruptive force from the inside or outside, Dan Hampton anchored one of the most dominant defensive lines in NFL history. Hampton was selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2002 and is the 26th Bear to earn the honor.

Dickerson: Chicago Bears hit big in eighth round in 1983 with Richard Dent - ESPN - Richard Dent had trouble keeping his weight up at Tennessee State, which allowed him to slide to the Bears in the eighth round in 1983.

Mayer: Notable Bears sixth-round draft picks - ChicagoBears.com - Players the Bears have selected in the sixth round of the draft include the franchise leader in games played, a Pro Bowl quarterback and a starter on their last Super Bowl defense.

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ITB: Meet the woman who fuels Bears - ChicagoBears.com - Jenn Gibson is the team's Sports Science Coordinator and is just one of ten full-time NFL dietitians on staff. She explains to Lauren Screeden how she fuels the team for game day.

Gantt: Browns now have 12 picks, but they’ve had picks before - ProFootballTalk - The Browns have a lot of picks now. But they've had a lot of picks after a bold trade down before, and none of them are still Browns. Wednesday's deal that sent the second pick in the 2016 NFL Draft to the Eagles for a package of picks that includes Philadelphia's 2017 first-rounder and 2018 second...

'New Girl' gears an entire episode around Bears helmet - CSN Chicago - 'New Girl' - the FOX hit sitcom - geared an entire episode around a Bears helmet and the role it played in a character's dream.

DaSilva: Packers linebacker Sam Barrington caught a 400-pound bull shark - FOX Sports - Barrington catches shark. Ken's note: Willy Young is a better fisherman.

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Reichel: Ranking Ted Thompson's hits and misses in Packers' drafts from 1-104 - Packers general manager Ted Thompson has had 104 picks during his 11 drafts in Green Bay. This week, Packer Plus ranks those picks.

Poll: Bob Quinn approval rating: Pre-Draft edition (April 2016) - Pride Of Detroit - Do you approve of the job Bob Quinn is doing as general manager of the Detroit Lions? Vote now.

Rothstein: Lions could see Jared Goff, Carson Wentz in back-to-back weeks - Detroit Lions Blog- ESPN - With Philadelphia acquiring the No. 2 overall pick in next week's NFL draft, the Lions will face the top two picks in the draft this season.

Jackson: QB LeFevour signs with Bucs - ProFootballTalk - The Buccaneers announced Tuesday that they've signed quarterback Dan LeFevour. A sixth-round pick of the Bears in 2010, LeFevour bounced around the NFL as a backup and practice squad player with the Bengals, Bears, Jaguars and Colts. He's spent the last four seasons in the CFL.

DRAFT PROSPECTS OF INTEREST TO BEARS FANS

NFL Draft Profile: Ohio State QB Cardale Jones -| CSN Chicago

NFL Draft Profile: Notre Dame WR Will Fuller | CSN Chicago

NFL Draft Profile: Baylor DL Andrew Billings | CSN Chicago

NFL Draft Profile: Ohio State CB Eli Apple | CSN Chicago