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The Bear's Den, April 13, 2017

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Draft Madness is upon us as we inch closer to the big day...

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WLudford: Most NFL Draft Picks Are Busts - Daily Norseman - As we move through April, rumors swirling, excitement building for the draft at the end of the month, it makes sense to temper some of the hype and build-up with a rather sober reality check: most...

BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS

Biggs Bears Q&A: Greatest needs in NFL draft, Jordan Howard's workload and more - Chicago Tribune - The Tribune's Brad Biggs answers your Bears questions weekly.

Bears listed as co-defendants in St. Louis suit vs. NFL over Rams - Chicago Sun-Times - The suit is seeking damages and restitution of profits tied to the Rams' move to Los Angeles 15 months ago.

Mayer: Draft profiles of free-agent acquisitions - ChicagoBears.com - With this year's draft rapidly approaching, we dusted off some old draft guides to see what was being said about the free agents the Bears have signed this offseason when they were entering the NFL.

Mayer: Bears landed Payton with a little luck - ChicagoBears.com - Five years after losing a coin flip for the right to draft quarterback Terry Bradshaw, the Bears won a coin flip for the pick they spent on running back Walter Payton.

DRAFT / PROSPECTS / FREE AGENCY

Wiederer: NFL draft position preview - Wide receivers - Chicago Tribune - Alshon Jeffery's departure left the Bears with a huge void at the top of the depth chart. The Bears must now identify a No. 1 receiver. Can they do it in the draft?

Rotoworld: Bears' top draft needs and a seven-round mock draft - CSN Chicago - Rotoworld's Evan Silva breaks down the Bears' three biggest needs, and Josh Norris puts together a seven-round mock draft.

Finley: 'Polished' Ole Miss TE Evan Engram visits Bears on path to draft - Chicago Sun-Times - Evan Engram hasn’t watched a lot of Bears games, but he understands what they need.

Jahns: NIU receiver Kenny Golladay is headliner at Bears' local pro day - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears' local pro day is on Thursday.

Jahns: Versatile OLB Dylan Donahue on draft radar for Bears, NFL teams - Chicago Sun-Times - Donahue was a standout in Division II.

Kwiecinski: Could Myles Garrett be on the board when the Bears pick at No. 3? - Bears Wire - For the last three months, Bears fans, football analysts and even NFL draft prospects assumed the No. 1 pick was set in stone.

DeWitt's 7-Round Bears Mock Draft 3.0 - Da Bears Brothers - In his third mock draft, Will has the Chicago Bears going defense back-to-back before taking a developmental quarterback on the third day.

Smith: John Lynch says 49ers are "open for business" to trade down from No. 2 - ProFootballTalk - San Francisco General Manager John Lynch will trade the second overall pick in the draft if he gets the right offer. Lynch said he has already talked to some teams about a potential trade and hopes to talk to more. "We're open for business," Lynch told reporters today.

Florio: Would Browns trade the first overall pick for a quarterback? - ProFootballTalk - The notion recently floated by the Browns that they're torn between defensive end Myles Garrett and quarterback Mitchell Trubisky overlooks one critical reality regarding the situation: If the Browns would use the first overall pick on a rookie quarterback (essentially trading the pick for a rookie ...

Schein: Browns, Texans & Bears head quarterback-needy teams - NFL.com - Which NFL teams should be vetting Mitchell Trubisky, Deshaun Watson, DeShone Kizer and Patrick Mahomes? Adam Schein identifies nine QB rooms that need young talent at the position.

SBNation staff: 6 NFL draft predictions that will surprise you early - SBNation.com - Twists and turns happen every year: players sliding out of the first round, big trades, and kickers getting picked early. Here are a few curveballs to watch for on draft night.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Thompson: Peanut Tillman parodies Eddie Murphy as he cuts his signature dreadlocks - Chicago Tribune - Charles Tillman without dreadlocks is like ... well, Brian Urlacher with hair.

Rosenthal: Raiders could be quite the road rage with traveling NFL circus - Chicago Tribune - While waiting for new home in Las Vegas, Raiders could lay claim to cities that lack an NFL team but might bid for the chance to take one in for a game.

Florio: Ego Ferguson works out for Raiders - ProFootballTalk - After a whirlwind that saw him cut by the Bears, claimed by the Packers, and then released after failing a physical, defensive lineman Ego Ferguson is a free agent. And his quest for a new job began with a visit to Oakland.

Crabtree: Terrance Knighton retires - ProFootballTalk - After a season out of football, defensive tackle Terrance Knighton is calling it a career. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN.com, Knighton is retiring from football at the age of 30. He's expected to pursue a coaching career.

Battista: NFL overtime shortening to 10 minutes? Coaches back proposal - NFL.com - NFL owners are set to revisit a proposal for shortening overtime at next month's Spring League Meeting. Judy Battista says coaches like Bill O'Brien, Andy Reid and John Harbaugh like the idea.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Reisman: Todd McShay goes offense twice for Lions in latest 3-round mock draft - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions go offense-heavy in McShay’s latest three-round mock.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Sunderbruch: A Quick Guide to Key Quarterback Terms: Bears Edition - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears have a history at quarterback. This simple guide is intended to suggest a few simple ways of referencing that rich tradition.

Zeglinski: Who’s the best fit for the Bears at each position of need? - Windy City Gridiron - Getting a player that fits your team flawlessly everywhere you have a gap is a pipe dream. But what if the Bears had that luxury?

Wiltfong: Todd McShay goes all defense in his latest Chicago Bears 3 round mock draft - Windy City Gridiron - Check out the three round haul for the Chicago Bears in the latest mock draft from ESPN’s Todd McShay.

Zeglinski: Looking for edge help, a "dominant" Solomon Thomas might be the guy for Bears in draft - Windy City Gridiron - Chicago could do much, much worse than selecting the versatile "tweener" in Thomas at third overall.

FANPOSTS

Ditka's Pushbroom: Mock Draft 4.0 (The Big Haul Edition) - Windy City Gridiron - For this particular Mock Draft, I utilized the Fanspeak Premium edition so that I could introduce trades into the equation. This one was particularly fun because I really weighed the pros and cons...

Nadoo: Is a Richard Sherman Deal Coming Soon? - Windy City Gridiron - A few days ago I wrote about the trade options involving Richard Sherman and it was also addressed on the main page. Well, today it appears the price is dropping. Mike Florio is reporting that the S...

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