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Less than two weeks are left before the draft, as the Bears host local prospects...

Utah Ute's Marcus Williams, projected 2nd - 3rd Round Free Safety may be the kind of player Chicago takes Day 2
Utah Ute's Marcus Williams, projected 2nd - 3rd Round Free Safety may be the kind of player Chicago takes Day 2
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS

Finley's Podcast: What Bears GM Ryan Pace's history says about draft plans - Chicago Sun-Times - In the latest episode of Halas Intrigue, the Chicago Sun-Times' Patrick Finley examines Bears GM Ryan Pace's history to glean his draft plan

DRAFT / PROSPECTS / FREE AGENCY

Wiederer: NFL draft position preview: Tight ends - Chicago Tribune - This year's tight end class is as talent-rich as any in recent memory. And given the Bears' needs, it would be surprising if they didn't dip into the pot.

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

Finley: Notre Dame QB DeShone Kizer works out at Bears local pro day - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears got another look at one of the top four quarterbacks in the draft, bringing in Notre Dame's DeShone Kizer to their local pro day Thursday

Jahns: Bears visit, NFL attention rewarding for emerging OL Cameron Lee - Chicago Sun-Times - Part 5 of a 10-part series previewing the NFL draft, which begins on April 27.

Perez: One of these 22 players will become a Chicago Bear in the 2017 NFL Draft - Bears Wire - The NFL announced the list of 22 players that will be in attendance at the 2017 NFL Draft in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Mayer: Who analysts think Bears will draft - ChicagoBears.com - With the NFL Draft just two weeks away, we take a look at who national analysts think the Bears will select with the No. 3 Pick.

PFW Chicago Podcast, #070: Bears draft preview with SB Nation's Stephen White - Pro Football Weekly - We're two weeks away from the NFL Draft and former NFL player and current SB Nation writer Stephen White joins us to break down the top defensive line prospects, Jonathan Allen and Solomon Thomas. White explains what he likes about both play

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.

Bucky Brooks mock draft 4.0: Four QBs, Joe Mixon in Round 1, Lattimore to Chicago - NFL.com - Deshaun Watson is the first quarterback off the board in Bucky Brooks' latest mock draft, but the first-round QB parade doesn't end there. Plus, Joe Mixon makes an appearance in Round 1.

Biggest NFL draft bust evers for all 32 teams - All-time flops of modern era - ESPN - Tony Mandarich. Ryan Leaf. JaMarcus Russell. All three players belong to a special club of draft duds, and each franchise boasts a member of that group. NFL Nation has the list.

D'Andrea: Browns have a pair of 1st-round picks again and a chance to finally get it right - SBNation.com - History reflects poorly on Cleveland’s selections when it has two Day 1 picks, but it’s not alone.

Kirshner: NFL prospect Samaje Perine once ran for *427 yards* in a record-setting game - SBNation.com - The big Sooner holds the all-time Division I FBS single-game rushing record.

Kirshner: J.J. Watt’s got yet another brother who’s about to join the NFL - SBNation.com - There are already two Watts in the league. Get ready for a trio.

Rogers: 2017 NFL Draft fantasy profile - TE David Njoku - Fake Teams - Yet another Miami Hurricane tight end headed for NFL prominence.

Johnson: Meet NFL prospect Gunner Kiel, the blue-chip QB of 4 different colleges - SBNation.com - Suiting up for a new team would be nothing new at all for this QB.

Johnson: Adam Griffith might have the 2017 NFL draft’s most interesting story - SBNation.com - The man from Poland bounced back from one of the biggest plays in CFB history.

Stites: What if the Browns actually take Mitchell Trubisky at No. 1? - SBNation.com - The Browns are reportedly considering taking Trubisky and not Myles Garrett with the top pick, which would shake up the draft in a big way.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Zierlein's 2015 NFL Draft do-over: David Johnson goes before Todd Gurley - NFL.com - David Johnson goes before Todd Gurley in Lance Zierlein's recasting of the 2015 NFL Draft. Would Jameis Winston still be the first QB off the board if the Bucs had a chance to repick?

Orr: Rolle says Jay Cutler needs to be more involved with team - NFL.com - Antrel Rolle played with two of the NFL's most notoriously withdrawn quarterbacks in Eli Manning and Jay Cutler. When asked about Cutler's shortcomings, Rolle noted one difference.

Battista: Dan Rooney left indelible stamp on Pittsburgh Steelers and NFL - NFL.com - Dan Rooney made his mark on the Pittsburgh Steelers -- and the NFL as a whole -- but Judy Battista says this transcendent football figure had a common touch that truly defined his life.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Western: Packers tend not to stick to athletic thresholds for UDFA cornerbacks - Acme Packing Company - The Packers don’t always stick close to their preferred measurements when signing or scouting UDFAs, but there are a few corners in this year’s crop who do fit their typical criteria.

Gates: Mike Zimmer Scheduled For Eye Surgery On Monday - Daily Norseman - The Vikings head coach is going under the knife once again. Ken's Note: Best wishes for a successful surgery and speedy recovery, Coach Zimmer.

Payton: What Just Happened? Lions uniform unveiling - Pride Of Detroit - Fresh out of the oven thoughts on the Lions new threads

Malnati: Why are some in Broncos Country done with Paxton Lynch? - Mile High Report - When the Denver Broncos entered the 2016 NFL Draft a new era was on the horizon. After winning Super Bowl 50, Peyton Manning was retired, and it was time to look to the future.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Snyder: Chicago Bears Draftwatch - A Tale of Two Safeties - Windy City Gridiron - Jamal Adams and Malik Hooker are often mentioned in the same breath, but should they be?

Wiltfong: Chicago Bears get Mitchell Trubisky in this 2 round mock - Windy City Gridiron - Here’s a name we haven’t seen mocked to the Chicago Bears in a few weeks.

Zeglinski: Less is (Marshon) (Latti)more: Amid injuries, the Ohio State cornerback could be the Bears’ man - Windy City Gridiron - A Bears’ gamble on Lattimore’s injury history may net them quite the player at third overall.

Wiltfong: Notre Dame’s DeShone Kizer worked out at Bears local pro day today - Windy City Gridiron - The Chicago Bears held their local pro day today for a number of local NFL hopefuls.

Sunderbruch: 2017 Bears Mock Draft - Community Choice Edition - Windy City Gridiron - With fans asking for a say, here is a mock draft that picks positions of need as identified by the WCG community.

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