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The Bear's Den EXTRA: April 29, 2016 Open Thread

Here it is, Den lovers everywhere, the rarest of all Dens... a SECOND Den of the day and an OPEN THREAD Den. All the latest news from the first round of the 2016 draft, plus info about tonight's draft session.

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Leonard Floyd: ‘I’m so freaking excited about being a Chicago Bear’ - Bears Wire - Leonard Floyd spoke with the media on a conference call after the Bears traded up to take him with the 11th overall pick.

Ottochian: Leonard Floyd will be a defining pick for the Ryan Pace era - Bears Wire - The Bears went with the boom-or-bust pick when they traded up to the ninth overall pick. This will be a defining pick of Ryan Pace's career.

Orr: Giants deserve credit for handling draft day curveball missing out on Floyd - - Perhaps no team was dealt a more significant draft day curveball than the New York Giants. Marc Ross, the team's vice president of player evaluation, and GM Jerry Reese deserve credit for handling it.

Potash: Pace doesn't take any chances, trades up to get Leonard Floyd - Chicago Sun-Times - Ryan Pace made sure he got his man by trading a fourth-round pick (No. 106 overall) to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to move from 11th to ninth.

Floyd calls into studio - Conference call with the Bears first round draft pick, linebacker Leonard Floyd.

Biggs: Bears answer the need for speed with Leonard Floyd - Chicago Tribune - On Thursday, general manager Ryan Pace grabbed a player who can put the Bears in the fast lane, trading up to No. 9 to draft Georgia linebacker Leonard Floyd.

Valentine: (NYG) Did Jerry Reese get outmaneuvered Thursday night? - Big Blue View - Was Jerry Reese outmaneuvered? Did he reach for Eli Apple? Did he do the right thing? Here's why we just have to wait and see.

Wiederer: McShay believes Leonard Floyd 'perfect fit' for what Bears need on defense - Chicago Tribune - ESPN analyst Todd McShay believes outside linebacker Leonard Floyd has the speed and versatility to be a huge help to the Bears.

Perez: What scouts think of Bears first-rounder Leonard Floyd - Bears Wire - A collection of scouting reports on Bears first-round pick Leonard Floyd

Jahns: Bears top pick Leonard Floyd is no sure thing - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears added a pass rusher who needs to add weight.

Ottochian: Bears fans react to the Leonard Floyd pick on Twitter - Bears Wire - Bears fans had mixed reaction to their team's first round pick.

Campbell: Bears say top draft pick Leonard Floyd 'brings some juice to our defense' - Chicago Tribune - Leonard Floyd is an explosive athlete whose incomplete body of work thrusts him into the NFL as a projection of sorts. He carries a boom-or-bust label.

Cox (audio): Analyzing the Bears trade for Leonard Floyd - Bears Wire - The Bears Wire staff analyzes the Chicago Bears' move to take Georgia linebacker Leonard Floyd and whether they made the right choice.

LeGere: Bears trade up, draft Georgia LB Leonard Floyd - - With the the ninth overall draft pick in Thursday night's first round, the Bears selected Georgia linebacker Leonard Floyd, who possesses the pass-rush skills that could translate to double-digit sacks in the NFL. The Bears traded a 4th-round pick, and 11th overall, to TB to move up to No. 9.

Perez: How will Bears first-round pick Leonard Floyd impact the roster? - Bears Wire - The dust is starting to settle around the Bears first-round pick, Georgia OLB Leonard Floyd, and it's time to look ahead at how his addition will impact the rest of the Bears roster. The team's current list of outside linebackers has been put on notice.

Campbell: Bears say top draft pick Leonard Floyd 'brings some juice to our defense' - Chicago Tribune - Leonard Floyd is an explosive athlete whose incomplete body of work thrusts him into the NFL as a projection of sorts. He carries a boom-or-bust label.

Ottochain (audio): What Leonard Floyd brings to the Chicago Bears - Bears Wire - The Bears Wire staff discusses what the Chicago Bears' first-round pick will add to their defense in 2016 and beyond.

Mullen: Bears' Leonard Floyd: 'Comfortable doing...anything' in 3-4 scheme - CSN Chicago - Leonard Floyd's versatility was one of the main reasons the Bears traded up to take him at No. 9. And he feels comfortable playing anywhere.

Perez: 2016 NFL Draft: Experts grade Bears’ first-round pick - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears drafted Leonard Floyd with the No. 9 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. What are the experts saying about the pick?

Mullen: Analyzing the Bears’ thought process on selecting Leonard Floyd - CSN Chicago - In first round pick Leonard Floyd the Bears saw a linchpin for a defense that needed to improve its pass rushing. Here's how they landed on him.

Rosenbloom: Every first-round pick is a gamble, so the Bears double down on speed - Chicago Tribune - The Bears general manager knew his defense needed speed and playmakers, so he swapped his 11th pick for the Buccanneers¿ 9th to grab Leonard Floyd.

Hub Arkush: Leonard Floyd brings rare size, speed for OLB position to Chicago Bears |-Pro Football Weekly - There are question marks, but Floyd's ceiling is high for the Bears' defense.

Sunderbrunch: Bears Trade Up for Floyd, Quarterbacks and Safeties Rise - Windy City Gridiron - Ryan Pace caused shaking fists in New York and Chicago, proving that he can get strong reactions. Look inside for how Round 1 played out.

Noble: Poll, Bears round 1 Grade, LB Leonard Floyd - Windy City Gridiron - How would you grade the Bears selection of Leonard Floyd in the 1st Round?

Householder: Best players available, what position should the Bears address in round 2? - Windy City Gridiron - One round of the NFL Draft is in the books, with the Bears picking early in round two, what position should they target?

Wiltfong; Full Transcript from Bears GM Ryan Pace, he is excited to get his guy, Leonard Floyd. - Windy City Gridiron - Here's the full transcript from Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Pace about his brand new outside linebacker, Leonard Floyd.

Mayer: Five things we learned about Floyd - - During a conference call with the Chicago media, Bears first-round draft pick Leonard Floyd discussed joining a veteran linebacking corps, the NFL player he tries to emulate and more.

Perez: Leonard Floyd’s expected contract terms with the Chicago Bears - Bears Wire - Leonard Floyd will be one of the Bears highest-paid players, despite the expectation that he'll ease his way into the starting lineup.


Perez: Second-round mock draft sends Bears a QB - Bears Wire - New second-round mock draft sends the Chicago Bears a QB who can eventually become the team's starter in the post-Jay Cutler era.

Recapping the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft - CSN Chicago - Here's a look at the first 31 picks of the 2016 NFL Draft, from Jared Goff to Germain Ifedi.

Reuter: 2016 NFL Draft Quick-snap grades for NFC teams - - The 2016 NFL Draft was filled with twists and turns few could have seen coming. While the Buccaneers are among teams who snagged a key missing piece, which teams missed the boat?

Brandt: 9 remaining gems left after Day 1 - - There is still plenty of talent remaining for teams after the first round of the draft. Gil Brandt lists nine players he believes are the best remaining prospects on the board.

Goodbread: UCLA's Myles Jack slides out of Round 1 - - UCLA LB Myles Jack fell out of the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft in a stunning development that underscores concerns about the health of his right knee.

Dickerson: Chicago Bears can justify defense in second round of 2016 NFL draft - ESPN - Could Myles Jack continue to fall all the way to Bears? That's among the intriguing questions for the Bears as they prepare for the second round.

LeGere: Who the Bears should target in Rounds 2-3 today - - There's plenty of talent left on both sides of the ball in Bears areas of need for Rounds 2 and 3 Friday.

Fishbain: Potential Day Two NFL Draft targets for Chicago Bears - Pro Football Weekly - Bears GM Ryan Pace can grab a pretty good D-lineman in the second round

Biggs: NFC North first-round capsules - Chicago TribuneLions take OT Taylor Decker at No. 16 overall while Vikings select WR Laquon Treadwell (23) and Packers pick NT Kenny Clark (27).

Wiederer: Bears' Day 2 priorities: Defensive line, secondary, quarterback - Chicago Tribune - When it came time to invest in Georgia linebacker Leonard Floyd on Thursday night, Ryan Pace used a first-round pick and a fourth-round pick to secure him.

PFF: Ten Day 2 & 3 Sleepers - 10 sleeper prospects for the 2016 NFL draft, including BYU DE Bronson Kaufusi.

Rosenthal: Winner and losers: Broncos nab Lynch while Tunsil falls - - A wild Day 1 of the 2016 NFL Draft is officially in the books. Paxton Lynch is headed to Denver. While Laremy Tunsil dropped to the Dolphins. Gregg Rosenthal recaps the first round winners and losers.


Haugh: High, risky pick puts the pressure on Bears general manager Ryan Pace - Chicago Tribune - With selection of underpowered outside linebacker Leonard Floyd, Bears are making statement they believe he can be coached up significantly as pass rusher.


Chicago Bears in the Hall - Bronko Nagurski - Bronko Nagurski was the symbol of terrifying, crushing power on the gridiron. All who saw him play speak of him only in the most awesome of terms. "Defense him?" Steve Owen, the long-time New York Giants coach, once said. "There's only one way to defense him - shoot him before he leaves the dressing room!"


Krinch: Laremy Tunsil's bizarre night highlights wild Day 1 of NFL Draft - CSN Chicago - The NFL Draft is always full of surprises, but the 2016 version involving Laremy Tunsil may take the cake.

Gantt: Myles Jack may have made things worse for himself by talking - ProFootballTalk - NFL teams knew Myles Jack's knee was an issue, after poking at it thoroughly at the Scouting Combine and the subsequent medical re-check. But it might have been something the talented-but-injured UCLA linebacker said about his condition that scared a number of teams away...

Florio: Mississippi vows to "aggressively investigate" Tunsil’s admission of getting paid | ProFootballTalk - On a night that the Ole Miss football program should have been celebrating the placement of three of its former players into the first round of the draft, the Rebels are reeling from the admission of left tackle Laremy Tunsil that he was paid while in college.

Orr: Buffalo Bills GM says 'Rex is salivating' over Shaq Lawson - NFL.comKen's Note - From the "I could have lived without that mental image" department: The Buffalo Bills couldn't believe their luck when Shaq Lawson remained up for grabs at No. 19 in the first round of the NFL draft. Rex Ryan can't wait to get his chance to work with the defensive end.

Orr: Jeff Fisher says Goal is for Jared Goff start opening night - - The Los Angeles Rams didn't trade up to the No. 1 pick to see quarterback Jared Goff learn the ropes this season. Coach Jeff Fisher says the plan is for Goff to be the team's Week 1 starter.


Greenstein: Vikings pick former Crete-Monee star Laquon Treadwell with 23rd pick - Chicago Tribune - Laquon Treadwell's lack of breakaway speed is why he fell to No. 23. But the Vikings were a logical destination.

Reisman: 2016 NFL Draft grades: Experts disagree on Lions pick of Taylor Decker - Pride Of Detroit - There's little consensus on the Detroit Lions' first round pick.

Thompson: 2016 NFL Draft: Vikings "the right spot" for Treadwell - Daily Norseman - Minnesota Vikings first round pick Laquon Treadwell is excited for his opportunity in Minnesota.

Hirschhorn: 2016 NFL Draft grades: Packers get a B for Kenny Clark - Acme Packing Company - Kenny Clark may lack flash, but he gives the Packers the defensive anchor they need.