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The Bear's Den: May 6, 2016

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As we look at news & opinions about the 2016 draft, it's interesting to consider that 12 first-rounders from the 2013 draft did not have their 5th-year options picked up (that number doesn't include Chicago's Kyle Long, one of the brightest stars of that draft). While this doesn't necessarily mean these 12 are busts, it does show how imperfect a process talent evaluation even the highest level of the draft is...

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BEAR DOWN!!!!

HRONISS GRASU

Ottochain: Second-year center Hroniss Grasu should not be overlooked in 2016 - Bears Wire - The young center played better than advertised in 2015, and he is looking to take over as the full-time starter in 2016.

DRAFT / FREE AGENCY

Snyder: Chicago Bears Draftwatch: 2016 Bears Draft Summary - Windy City Gridiron - Ryan Pace and Chicago Bears staff put together a highly effective effort in the 2016 draft. They had multiple needs to fill and did so, for the most part, beautifully. Pace played the board well for value and was aggressive about using draft capital to move up and select players who the staff truly believed in when needed.

Todd McShay 2017 Mock Draft: Bears draft a Seminole - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears draft a Florida State offensive lineman in Todd McShay's 2017 NFL mock draft

BEARRRSSSS

Durkin: Another Draft Sheds Light On Philosophies Of Ryan Pace, Bears - CBS Chicago - The Bears have placed an emphasis on speed and positional versatility.

Cox: Chicago Bears announce jersey numbers for 2016 rookie class - Bears Wire - Leonard Floyd will wear 94, Cody Whitehair will wear 65, and Jonathan Bullard will wear 69, for now, according to ChicagoBears.com.

Perez: Bears Fantasy focus, has the 2016 offseason impacted Jeremy Langford’s value? | Bears Wire - Chicago Bears running back Jeremy Langford is expected to be a big-time fantasy football running back in 2016.

Chicago Football Podcast: Getting to know the new Chicago Bears rookies - Pro Football Weekly - In Part I of our special 'Get to know the rookie Bears' podcast, we have 5 guests to talk about 5 of the 2016 Bears draft picks. We open with Kansas State offenisve line coach Charlie Dickey to discuss second-round pick Cody Whitehair (2:39). West Vi

Emma: Leonard Floyd’s Future Worth Leap Of Faith In Bears’ Eyes - CBS Chicago
The Bears took a chance in taking Floyd, but the potential is certainly there.

Dickerson's Chicago Bears Twitter mailbag: What's the deal with Matt Slauson? - ESPN - The decision to cut Matt Slauson was based on the belief that Ted Larsen and Cody Whitehair are better fits for the Bears offense.

Mullen: After Bears release Antrel Rolle, Matt Slauson, question looms; Who else? - CSN Chicago - An obvious question looms after the Bears parted ways with veterans Antrel Rolle and Matt Slauson: Who else?

Mullen: Bears need to find solidarity on revamped offensive line - CSN Chicago - The challenge for the Bears projects to be less finding talent to replace Matt Slauson on the offensive line, but finding solidarity among the group.

Wiederer: Q&A with Jonathan Bullard's defensive line coach at Florida - Chicago Tribune - The Bears fell in love with Jonathan Bullard's quickness off the snap. The third-round pick and former Florida defensive lineman is long and athletic.

BEARRRSSSS FOR LIFE

Chicago Bears in the Hall - Clyde Turner - One of the most amazing aspects of the outstanding 13-year career of Clyde (Bulldog) Turner in the National Football League is the fact that he had the opportunity to play pro football at all.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Rosenthal: When will rookie QBs start their first NFL games? - NFL.com - Jared Goff is a good bet to start Week 1, but who will be the next rookie QB to start a game? Gregg Rosenthal predicts when nine rookie QBs will see the field.

Sessler: Steelers release offensive lineman Mike Adams - NFL.com - First-rounder bust alert! It's over for Mike Adams in Pittsburgh. The Steelers on Thursday released the offensive tackle with a failed physical designation. What's next for the former second-round pick?

Gutierrez: Las Vegas Raiders? Owner Mark Davis serious about move to Sin City - ESPN
- There are still several hurdles to be cleared, but the Oakland Raiders' fascination with Las Vegas is no passing fancy.

Hangst: 2013 first-round NFL Draft picks affected by fifth-year contract option - thecomeback.com - The fifth-year contract option negotiated in the NFL's 2011 collective bargaining agreement affects 12 first-round picks from the 2013 NFL Draft.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Demovsky: Packers' rookie salary pool will leave only $5.3 million in cap space - Green Bay Packers Blog- ESPN - The Packers will need all the cap space they can muster next offseason as several starters have expiring contracts.

Barr, Diggs, Bridgewater Make Ike Taylor's Top 100 List - The annual list of the NFL’s Top 100 players debuted Wednesday night on NFL Network. And while no Vikings were listed in the 90-100 range, NFL.com’s Ike Taylor released his own list that featured three Vikings.

Reisman: Detroit Lions post draft 53-man roster prediction - Pride Of Detroit - A look at what the Detroit Lions 2016 53-man roster may look like for the regular season.

Grey: Bob Quinn Starts at the Beginning - SideLionReport.com - The young New England Patriots acolyte takes up the reigns of this underachieving franchise with no track record at this level and only his reputation as a student of the NFL & a hard worker to sell to fans.

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