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The Bear's Den: Monday, April 25

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We are down to three days before the NFL draft, and people are starting to arrive in Chicago for the festivities. Mock drafts are flooding the interwebs, and trade talks continue behind closed doors... let's take a look at the news from over the weekend...

Biggs is doubling down on his "Slauson to be traded" thesis
Biggs is doubling down on his "Slauson to be traded" thesis
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Klein: Carson Wentz has a chance to be NFL's top pick, stoking North Dakota's pride - LA Times - Carson Wentz mania has swept North Dakota for months, ahead of the NFL draft in which the Rams could take him with the first pick.

Perez: Three surprise picks the Chicago Bears could make in the first round - Bears Wire - The NFL Draft is always full of surprises. Here are 3 surprise picks the Chicago Bears could make at No. 11 overall in the 2016 NFL Draft

Farmer: Jared Goff's laid-back nature, blue-collar work ethic could be a first-class ticket to the top of NFL draft - LA Times - Jared Goff shuffled in his stocking feet across the hardwood floor of his boyhood home and flopped back on an oversized leather couch in the living room.

NFL Draft: Top 5 tight end prospects - CSN Chicago - As the 2016 NFL Draft quickly approaches, CSNChicago.com is releasing a list of the Top 5 prospects at each position. Next up is tight end.

The Perez Bears mailbag: Leonard Floyd, Kevin Hogan and Bears draft needs | Bears Wire - Is Leonard Floyd worthy of the No. 11 pick? Should Kevin Hogan be ranked higher? Chicago Bears NFL draft questions answered in new mailbag

Mullen:Bears NFL Draft Preview: Always a need for edge pressure | CSN Chicago - John 'Moon' Mullin goes position-by-position as the Bears approach the 2015 NFL Draft. Next up is the linebacker position.

Perez: Is Arkansas QB Brandon Allen on the Chicago Bears’ radar? - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears have a very strong connection with Arkansas QB Brandon Allen, making it a very real possibility that he is on their radar

NFL Draft: Top 5 offensive lineman prospects - CSN Chicago - As the 2016 NFL Draft quickly approaches, CSNChicago.com is releasing a list of the Top 5 prospects at each position. First up is the offensive line.

Ottochian: The Bears should trade up for Laremy Tunsil if he slides in the NFL draft - Bears Wire - If Laremy Tunsil, the consensus top player in the 2016 NFL draft, starts falling out of the top 5, the Chicago Bears must trade up for him.

Perez: Myles Jack on being a Bears linebacker: ‘That would be an honor and a privilege.’ - Bears Wire - UCLA LB Myles Jack visited with the Chicago Bears, calling an opportunity to be a linebacker for the team an honor and a privilege.

Mullen: Bears NFL Draft Preview,,CB depth vulnerable vs. pass-first NFL - CSN Chicago - John 'Moon' Mullin goes position-by-position as the Bears approach the 2016 NFL Draft. Next up is cornerback.

LeGere: Helpful guide to enjoying NFL's Draft Town - While the NFL draft is conducted at Roosevelt University's Auditorium Theatre this Thursday through Saturday, the league's Draft Town provides three days of outdoor football fun and activities at Grant Park, and admission is free.

Rosenthal: The true story of the NFL draft and the competition it really affects - Chicago Tribune - Here's the real story of the NFL draft at 80, and the competition it affects. Does it hold down salaries? "There is some truth" to that, said George Halas.

Wiederer: With 9 picks, will Bears GM Ryan Pace move around in draft? - Chicago Tribune - With a nine-pack of picks, one in each round plus extra picks in the fourth and sixth rounds, Bears GM Ryan Pace should have many potential paths.

Jahns: Focusing on No. 41, five players to watch in Round 2 for Bears | Chicago Sun-Times - Here are five players for the Bears to consider in the second round.

Mullen's Bears NFL Draft Preview: Bears just can’t seem to settle safety positions - CSN Chicago - John 'Moon' Mullin goes position-by-position as the Bears approach the 2016 NFL Draft. Next up is safety.

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Ottochain: Eddie Goldman is the future for the Chicago Bears defense - Bears WireEddie Goldman surprised everyone with his immediate emergence as a rookie, and he is a pillar of the Bears' defense moving forward.

Weaver: Bears don't need Josh Norman - Cover32 - At the price that Josh Norman is asking for, the Chicago Bears are better off looking to fill their cornerback need somewhere else.

Perez: Kyle Long discusses his battle with depression, anxiety with Brandon Marshall - Bears Wire - Bears All-Pro Kyle Long opened up about his battle with depression and anxiety with former teammate Brandon Marshall in a recent interview

Weaver: Bears Rewind, climbing out of the cellar - Cover32 - With the NFL Draft less than one week away, the Chicago's front office is very busy preparing for the next era of Bears football.

Bears' Jerrell Freeman signs autographs at NFL Shop - CSN Chicago - New Bears signing Jerrell Freeman signed autographed at the NFL Shop in Chicago.

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Chicago Bears in the Hall - Stan Jones - Stan Jones was considered one of the best at his business during the 13 seasons he played as an offensive and defensive lineman with the Chicago Bears and Washington Redskins in the National Football League. His name appeared regularly on the annual all-league teams and he was a frequent visitor to the Pro Bowl.

Mayer: Who is best Bears draft pick ever? - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses who he thinks is the best draft pick in Bears history, the last time the top two picks in the draft were traded and the Bears' all-time interception leader.

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NFL teams fight to see who can make the worst cat-related puns in absurd Twitter thread - Sometimes over the course of your daily, cat-free life, it’s easy to forget that there are many people out there who really, really love cats. Some NFL teams too!

Finley: 80 years ago, U. of Chicago star was NFL's first, first pick - Chicago Sun-Times - The first pick of the first-ever NFL draft strode with his date through a downtown hotel lobby.

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Browns Trade Rumors: Using No. 32 For Packers 1st-Rounder - In Cleveland Browns trade rumors, the franchise own the No. 32 overall pick (first selection of the second round) in the 2016 NFL Draft, and rumor has it the franchise is trying to use the asset to move into the first round.

Rodgers: Detroit Lions should 'sprint to podium' if Jack Conklin is there at 16 - MLive.com - The glowing reviews continue to pour in for Jack Conklin in the days leading up to the NFL draft and one pundit says the Detroit Lions shouldn't hesitate if they get a crack at the former Michigan State offensive tackle. "If Conklin was there (for Detroit at pick No. 16), I'd sprint to the podium," NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said during a conference call on Friday. Mayock didn't seem to believe Conklin would slide that far, highlighting the New York Giants at No. 10 and Tennessee Titans at No. 15 as two likely landing spots.

Carlson: Minnesota Vikings better than average at drafting players - TheVIkingAge.com - The Minnesota Vikings have the #23 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, but they should get a better player than expected according to a recent draft value study.

DRAFT PROSPECTS OF INTEREST TO BEARS FANS

NFL Draft Profile: Mississippi OL Laremy Tunsil | CSN Chicago

NFL Draft Profile: Alabama DT A'Shawn Robinson | CSN Chicago

NFL Draft Profile: Louisiana Tech DL Vernon Butler | CSN Chicago

NFL Draft Profile: Notre Dame LB Jaylon Smith | CSN Chicago

NFL Draft Profile: Kansas State OL Cody Whitehair | CSN Chicago

NFL Draft Profile: Kansas State OL Cody Whitehair | CSN Chicago