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The Bear's Den: May 4, 2016

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Chicago Bears rookie mini-camp is fast approaching (May 13-15), and when it arrives the roster will shake out a bit. Special teams have been a point-of-emphasis for the Bears this offseason, as the team hopes to improve on what has been a woeful area over the past 3 season.

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Who will return kicks and punts for the Bears in 2016?
Who will return kicks and punts for the Bears in 2016?
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BEAR DOWN!!!!

DRAFT

Renner: PFF's 16 best picks in the NFL Draft (features two Bears) - Now that the dust has settled following the 2016 NFL draft, it's time to look back at which picks stood out. A number of elements can lead to a selection being deemed the "best" — team needs, fits, and value of the player at their given selection.

Renner: PFF's 16 worst picks in the NFL Draft (Bears-free list) - Here are picks that stood out for the WRONG reasons. A number of elements can lead to a selection being deemed the "worst" — the value of the player at the time of the selection, how he fits with his team's scheme, and whether he fills a need.

Coppens: Nearly one-third of underclassmen went undrafted in 2016 NFL Draft - thecomeback.com - The 2016 NFL draft is in the books, and for nearly a third of the 96 underclassmen who declared for the draft, their names were not called over the course of three days. In total, 30 of the 96 underclassmen (31 percent) went undrafted. Both numbers were up from the previous year and have to be alarming numbers for both the NCAA and the NFL alike.

ChicagolandSportsRadio (audio): Mac and Read featuring WCG's Lester Wiltfong, Jr. - WCG's own Lester Wiltfong, Jr. joins the Mac and Read show. Give it a listen.

Zierlein: Ranking every club's 2016 NFL Draft haul - NFL.com - How did each team's draft rate among the other NFL clubs? Lance Zierlein ranks each haul, a list led off by a franchise that had four of the first 45 picks and deftly utilized those selections.

Florio: The annual PFT draft grades - ProFootballTalk - Once the draft ends, folks throughout the media apply grades to the picks that were made. Because why? Because click. Click. Click. It's a waste of time to write them, and it's a waste of time to read them.

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.

Cox (audio): Analyzing the Bears day-three draft picks - Bears Wire - The Bears Wire staffs the six day-three picks the Bears made, plus a look at the best undrafted free agents the team brought in.

Biggs: Bears Q&A of Leonard Floyd's coaches at Georgia - Chicago Tribune - Three of Leonard Floyd's coaches from the University of Georgia recently discussed his talent, character, how he projects to the NFL and more.

BEARSSSS

Haugh: Bears GM's decision to cut Matt Slauson is confusing, troubling - Chicago Tribune - GM Ryan Pace cut starting guard Matt Slauson, the toughest player in the Bears locker room.

Clapp: Bears LB Lamarr Houston says Ezekiel Elliott's crop-top shirt 'disrespectful' - thecomeback.com - Chicago Bears linebacker Lamarr Houston called Ezekiel Elliott's crop-top dress shirt "disrespectful".

Perez: Bears OLB Lamarr Houston can’t stand Aaron Rodgers’ discount double check - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears OLB Lamarr Houston can't stand Packers QB Aaron Rodgers touchdown celebration, and he let ESPN know about it.

Jahns: Competition Matters, a look at Bears' roster battles after draft - Chicago Sun-Times - Here’s our look at the Bears' most intriguing position battles after the draft.

Perez' Bears Wire mailbag: Who will be the Bears slot receiver in 2016? - Bears Wire - Now that the 2016 NFL Draft is in the books, it's time to look ahead to training camp and the regular season.  But before we get too far removed from this year's class of rookie Bears, it's time to answer some questions that were submitted on Twitter.

Fishbain: Jay Cutler among Chicago Bears helped by 2016 draft class - Pro Football Weekly - No rookie QB for Cutler to worry about this season

Perez: Bears add 6-foot-5 linebacker in undrafted free agency - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears added UTEP's Roy Robertson-Harris in undrafted free agency, a 6-foot-5 linebacker who has a strong shot to make the team.

North: Draft unpredictable, but Bears were smart to sign Hoyer - DailyHerald.com - Mike North is more comfortable with the Chicago Bears' decision to sign quarterback Brian Hoyer than he is about their latest NFL draft picks.

Rozner: Cutting Slauson tough for Bears to swallow - DailyTribune.com - Matt Slauson was a beloved member of the Bears, a dedicated leader who was willing to do anything to win. But the NFL can be cruel and the Slauson decision is a harsh reminder of that.

Exclusive Interview: Getting to know Bears' undrafted rookie LB Roy Robertson-Harris - Bears Backer - Ever since Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs left the Bears, the defense in Chicago hasn’t acted like Monsters of the Midway, but things are looking up in 2016. Priority undrafted free agent UTEP’s Roy Robertson-Harris and No. 9 overall pick Georgia’s Leonard Floyd are two big outside backers standing at 6’6".

BEARRRSSSS FOR LIFE

Chicago Bears in the Hall - Joe Stydahar - A four-time all-NFL tackle, Stydahar missed two seasons while serving in the armed forces during World War II but returned to lead the Bears to the 1946 world championship.

McClure: Devin Hester expects to be a Falcon, if healthy - ESPN - Legendary Bear's returner Devin Hester expects to return kicks for the Falcons this season -- if he's fully recovered from a toe injury.

Mayer: Ranking best Bears top-10 draft picks - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer ranks the 10 best players selected by the Bears with a top-10 pick in the NFL Draft over the last 50 years.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Lyles: Here are the 'Madden' ratings for 2016 top NFL draft picks - thecomeback.com - EA Sports has released the Madden NFL 17 ratings for the 2016 top NFL draft picks.

Bieler: Leicester City's astounding Premier League win creates huge loss for British bookmakers - Chicago TribuneKen's note: Yes, I know this isn't "our" kind of football, but a lot of folks drop money on sports gambling and this is a darned interesting story, so... it's here if you want it, if not, by all means skip on to the next item. Leicester City's astounding English Premier League win, wrapped up Monday when its closest pursuer, Tottenham, coughed up a two-goal lead.

Gantt: Jets are willing to keep all four quarterbacks, as soon as they get a fourth - ProFootballTalk - There's a reason the Jets re-signing Ryan Fitzpatrick feels so inevitable. Mostly, it's because every plan the team makes seems to include him. During today's appearance on WFAN, Jets General Manager Mike Maccagnan said he was willing to take all four quarterbacks into camp and the regular season...

Adams: Largest NFL Free Agent Contracts Of 2016 - ProFootballRumors.com - A breakdown of the biggest NFL free agent contracts of 2016, in terms of overall value, annual value, and guaranteed money.

FANPOST OF MERIT

Fanpost: ZSWEET's 'Really early 53 man roster' - Windy City Gridiron - I figured I'd take a shot at this now, since there's now a Football void really until training camp in July. Again, very early & can't predict injuries. Just a thought at what we could be staring...

KNOW THY ENEMY

Mullen: Several Bears 2016 opponents had some, well, 'interesting' drafts - CSN Chicago - A handful of teams on the Bears’ 2016 schedule had drafts with a few quirks, and the Bears will see seven of the top 11 draft picks in 2016.

Kaberon: How Bears' division foes fared in draft - ChicagoBears.com - With the 2016 NFL Draft in the books, ChicagoBears.com takes a look at how the Bears' three NFC North rivals fared.

Wilde: Green Bay Packers' draft approach this year 'Go big or go home' - ESPN - Saying it isn't easy to find quality linemen on both sides of the ball, the Packers added some considerable girth in this year's draft.

Stahl: Draft Grades, no Love For Lions - sidelionreport.com - It's Draft grades time. Here you'll find a compilation of various draft grades from around the internet along with some of my thoughts.

Lanham: Vikings draft pick Moritz Boehringer wants to be 'Dirk Nowitzki of the NFL' - thecomeback.com - The Minnesota Vikings took a flier on Moritz Boehringer, a receiver prospect from Germany who wants to be the NFL's answer to Dirk Nowitzki.

Rothstein: Takeaways from Bob Quinn's first Lions draft- ESPN - Bob Quinn said the offensive and defensive lines were a priority and landing A'Shawn Robinson was an example of the Lions following through.

Dougherty & Wood (video): Pete and Ryan recap Packers draft - packersnews.com - Pete Dougherty and Ryan Wood take a look back at the Packers' 2016 NFL draft.

2017 MOCK DRAFTS (SERIOUSLY)

Palazzolo: PFF's first 2017 mock draft - Ready for another more mock draft? It's never too early to look ahead (or is it?), so here is the first look at the 2017 NFL draft landscape.

Galko: 10 players who could go No. 1 overall in the 2017 NFL Draft - thecomeback.com - Who are the top contenders to be selected No. 1 overall in the 2017 NFL Draft. Here is an early look at 10 candidates.