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The Bear's Den: May 3, 2016

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News continues to roll in about the members of the Chicago Bears 2016 rookie class, as the release of popular offensive guard Matt Slauson continues to be debated by pundits and fans. Learn all about that and much more in this Tuesday edition of The Den.

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One player very much on the bubble this year for Chicago is Demontre Hurst. Will he remain a Bear?
One player very much on the bubble this year for Chicago is Demontre Hurst. Will he remain a Bear?
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BEAR DOWN!!!!

DRAFT / FREE AGENCY

2017 NFL mock draft: Deshaun Watson and a bunch of running backs - SBNation.com - Three quarterbacks in the top 10 and four running backs are among the first 32 picks in an early look at the next draft.

Dooley: Which teams added the most and least values in the 2016 Draft? Washington Post/PFF - In producing our draft evaluations and prospect rankings for the 2016 NFL draft, Pro Football Focus leaned heavily on the production grades we generated on every college football player during the 2014 and 2015 seasons.

Feldman: 20 biggest bargains from the 2016 NFL Draft - FOX Sports - Which teams got the best 'bang for their buck' out of this year's draft? Helmet tip to C-Razzle for the link.

Renner: PFF's worst picks of the 2016 NFL Draft - Does Chicago make the list with on of PFF's worst picks?

Kirwain (audio): Draft didn't fix everything (a draft recap of each team's needs remaining) - Now that the draft is over, I've spend some time going over each team's "needs" chart, gone over their depth charts, and looked at who still has holes to fill on their roster. It's very hard to fill every need in the draft, and for teams that strictly follow their board, they are going to leave some holes open.

Bernstein: Bears’ Draft A Sports Radio Dream (Nightmare) - CBS Chicago - It's all on the table as far who fits where for the Bears after the addition of their nine-member draft class.

Jones: 2016 NFL draft team grades, Jaguars roar, Eagles whiff - USA Today - In breaking down all 32 draft classes, some groups stand out more than others.

Kadar's NFL Draft grades 2016: Which teams won the draft? - SBNation.com - Washington, San Diego, Buffalo all had what look like the top classes.

BEARS DRAFT MULTIMEDIA

Campbell & Wiederer (audio): Bear Download - Chicago Tribune - Welcome to the weekly Bear Download podcast with Rich Campbell and Dan Wiederer.

Scout breaks down DB Hall (video) - ChicagoBears.com - Bears area scout Jeff Shiver discusses the Bears fourth round draft choice defensive back Deiondre Hall with Jeff Joniak.

NFLN: "Braverman one of my favorites" (video) - ChicagoBears.com - Take a look at highlights from newly drafted Chicago Bears wide receiver Daniel Braverman.

Scout breaks down Deon Bush (video) - ChicagoBears.com - Bears area scout Sam Summerville breaks down fourth round pick, defensive back Deon Bush.

Scouting coordinator talks Kwiatkoski (video) - ChicagoBears.com - Bears scouting director Bobby Macedo breaks down fourth round selection, linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski.

Scout breaks down Houston-Carson (video) - ChicagoBears.com - Bears area scout Chris Prescott discusses the Bears sixth round draft choice defensive back DeAndre Houston-Carson with Jeff Joniak.

Scout breaks down RB Howard (video) - ChicagoBears.com - Bears area scout Jeff Shiver discusses the Bears fifth round draft choice running back Jordan Howard with Jeff Joniak.

Bears Scout breaks down Daniel Braverman (video) - ChicagoBears.com - Bears area scout Jeff Shiver discusses the Bears seventh round draft choice wide receiver Daniel Braverman with Jeff Joniak.

Feldman: 20 biggest bargains from the 2016 NFL Draft - FOX Sports - Which teams got the best 'bang for their buck' out of this year's draft? Helmet tip to C-Razzle for the link.

Dickerson: Chicago Bears emphasized toughness in 2016 NFL draft - ESPN - The Bears' GM offers an individual breakdown of the nine players selected in this year's draft.

Fishbain: Analyzing the Chicago Bears' 2016 NFL Draft class - Pro Football Weekly - How do the new Bears who Ryan Pace drafted fit with the team?

Perez: Chicago Bears are getting rave reviews for 2016 NFL draft haul - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears had one of the best 2016 NFL Drafts, according to sites like Pro Football Focus.

Highlights: Leonard Floyd - ChicagoBears.com - Lauren Screeden chats with new Bears quarterback Brian Hoyer Monday at Halas Hall.

Brian Hoyer on joining the Bears - ChicagoBears.com - Lauren Screeden chats with new Bears quarterback Brian Hoyer Monday at Halas Hall.

ANTREL ROLLE / MATT SLAUSON

Dickerson: Antrel Rolle blames Chicago Bears' facilities for knee injury - ESPN - Former Bears safety Antrel Rolle says poor field conditions at Halas Hall are to blame for the November knee injury he suffered during a practice.

Finley: Antrel Rolle rips Bears facilities after release - Chicago Sun-Times - Former Bears safety Antrel Rolle was critical of Halas Hall's grass and turf surfaces after being cut by the team.

Finley: Antrel Rolle rips Bears facilities after release - Chicago Sun-Times - Former Bears safety Antrel Rolle was critical of Halas Hall's grass and turf surfaces after being cut by the team.

Mullen: Releasing Antrel Rolle, Matt Slauson 'improves" Bears' 2016 draft - CSN Chicago - Bears GM Ryan Pace was able to get both best available players and fill needs in the draft, which made Antrel Rolle and Matt Slauson expendable.

Wiederer: Ex-Bear Antrel Rolle sasys practice field 'had a whole lot do with' season-ending injury - Chicago Tribune - During a radio interview, former Bears safety Antrel Rolle blamed his season-ending injury in part on poor field conditions at Halas Hall.

Wiederer & Campbell: What does Matt Slauson's exit truly say about Bears' direction? - Chicago Tribune - Releasing the beloved guard opens a series of questions about Ryan Pace and John Fox, and their ability to get players to buy in.

Ottochain: Why the Bears released Antrel Rolle and Matt Slauson - Bears Wire - The Bears Wire staff discusses why the Chicago Bears released Antrel Rolle and Matt Slauson.

BEARRRSSSS

Rosenbloom: Bears show the way you have to build a team when Jay Cutler is the QB - Chicago Tribune - The Bears are doing what you have to do when you don't have an elite quarterback. They are trying to make everything else elite. And fast. And punishing.

Bears 2nd-Rounder Cody Whitehair Willing To Play Anywhere On Offensive Line - CBS Chicago - Whitehair projects as a guard by most but also has experience at tackle and is working out at center.

Draft Central: A look at the Bears' post-draft depth chart - CSN Chicago - CSN's Jim Miller and Dave Wannstedt take a look at the Bears' post-draft depth chart.

Mullen: Bears signing Brian Hoyer a statement bigger than just a backup QB - CSN Chicago - The signing of Brian Hoyer revealed more about the Bears and their plans for 2016 than just securing a backup for Jay Cutler.

Beard: An inside look at the other draft, as free agents find spots - DailyHerald/AP - For college free agents who aren't selected, their draft amps up as the official NFL draft winds down

BEARRRSSSS FOR LIFE

Chicago Bears in the Hall - Mike Singletary - Although quiet and thoughtful off the field, Mike was a ferocious player on the field. He truly enjoyed the physical aspects of football and made no secret of the fact that he liked hitting the ball carrier. "I like to hit people," he once said, "But, I don't like to hurt people." Singletary hit with such explosive power that he actually cracked 16 helmets during his years at Baylor. More importantly, however, his hits stopped opposing ball carriers. In fact, in one game against Arkansas, he was credited with an amazing 33 tackles.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Gantt: Adam Gase having a rookie minicamp without the camp part - ProFootballTalk - The Dolphins are taking a different approach to their rookie minicamp, by not putting their rookies on the field at all. According to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald, rookie coach Adam Gase decided to change up the traditional approach to the first weekend of work for his rookies...

Alper: Jets exercise 2017 option on Sheldon Richardson - ProFootballTalk - Monday is the last day for teams to exercise their fifth-year options on 2013 first round picks, leaving the Jets with two decisions to make. One of them was an easy one. According to multiple reports, the Jets have exercised the option on defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson.

Florio: Multiple report say Trent Dilfer likely out at ESPN - ProFootballTalk - Will the last person to leave Bristol please sing the Don Meredith song? On Sunday, Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News reported that ESPN's Trent Dilfer "is likely headed out the door." The change, if it occurs, will be triggered by money. On Monday, Richard Deitsch of SI.

Imrem: NFL is safe, even if players are not - DailyHerald.com - Mike Imrem says the NFL Draft's message is this: Football's future is safe even if football players aren't.

KNOW THY ENEMY

LeGere: How the Chicago Bears' rivals did in the draft - DailyHerald.com - The Bears' NFC North foes all addressed needs in the draft and each selected at least one Chicago-area product.

Smith: Vikings say Treadwell’s game speed trumps his Combine speed - ProFootballTalk - At the Scouting Combine, receiver Laquon Treadwell turned in a disappointing 40-yard dash, leading to some speculation that he could drop out of the first round. But that didn't happen, as the Vikings selected him with the 23rd overall pick. So why did the Vikings ignore Treadwell's 40 time? G.M.

Platte: Relative Athletic Scores for all Detroit Lions draft picks - Pride Of Detroit - Athletic measurements can tell you a lot about NFL players, what their role will be and how they won in college. Using a Relative Athletic Score, we take a look at each of the 2016 Detroit Lions draft picks.

2016 Packers Draft Picks: Complete list of picks and trades - Acme Packing Company - Here's the entire draft 2016 draft class for Green Bay.