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The Bear’s Den: April 19, 2017

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

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Mullin: Bears NFL Draft preview - Jordan Howard dials running back need way, way down - (CSN Chicago) - The Bears may address the running back position in the NFL Draft, but it will likely come late on Day 3.

Emma: Ryan Pace, Bears Are Men Of Mystery Leading Up To NFL Draft - (CBS Chicago) - What will the Bears do in the draft? Good question.

Gabriel: The Art, Intricacies Of Trading Up, Down In The NFL Draft - (CBS Chicago) - The Bears hold the No. 3 overall pick. So what type of picks could they acquire by trading down?

Finley: Bears report back to work Tuesday, hope to stay healthy - (Chicago Sun-Times) - The Bears are going back to work Tuesday, beginning the first phase of their nine-week offseason program with, they hope, fewer distractions.

Cox: 4 draft-day scenarios that would drive Bears fans crazy - (Bears Wire) - It's going to be hard for the Chicago Bears to screw up the third overall pick, but there are some scenarios that could be frustrating.

Jahns: When will the Bears take advantage of deep CB draft class? - (Chicago Sun-Times) - Part 8 of a 10-part series previewing the NFL draft, which begins on April 27.

Cox: Bears won’t be featured on HBO’s Hard Knocks in 2017 - (Bears Wire) - The Chicago Bears will not be on HBO's Hard Knocks for 2017, as the show will follow the Tampa Bay Buccaneers instead.

Campbell's NFL draft position preview: Edge rushers - (chicagotribune.com) - As the NFL draft nears, we're taking a 10-day, position-by-position look at what's out there and what the Bears need. Here's our assessment of the edge rushers.

NFC North draft needs: All four teams could use D-line help - (NFL.com) - John Fox said at the Annual League Meeting last month that the Bears are in striking distance, which is not as laughable a statement as it sounds. They are in the process of building a top-10 offensive line, but do need help on the perimeter if they want to free their sensational second-year running back Jordan Howard.

Bears Talk Podcast: Bears 2017 NFL Draft Preview - Defense - (CSN Chicago) - In the latest Bears Talk Podcast, Chris Boden, JJ Stankevitz and Scott Krinch take a deep look at the top defensive players in the 2017 NFL Draft class.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Hirschhorn: Aaron Rodgers says he weighs under 220 pounds for Packers’ offseason program - (Acme Packing Company) - The star quarterback reported to the Packers' offseason program in "the best shape."

Western: Packers UDFA Targets: Which potential free agent WRs fit the Packers’ thresholds? - (Acme Packing Company) - In another breakdown of possible UDFAs, we look at the receiver position and who might be a target for Ted Thompson after the draft.

Western: A.J. Hawk retires as a member of the Green Bay Packers - Company (Acme Packing Company) - The former Packer is calling it a career as a member of the Green and Gold.

Reisman: Matthew Stafford’s finger is ‘fine’, no surgery required - (Pride Of Detroit) - The Detroit Lions quarterback looks to be in full health.

Mathews: No timeline for Stafford extension, ‘no preference’ for when it gets done - (Pride Of Detroit) - In the early stages of contract negotiations, Stafford isn’t worried about getting a deal done.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Berckes: 10 Thoughts on the NFL - (Windy City Gridiron) - The big dog is on vacation so we’re sending up a couple pinch hitters the next two weeks. My 10 thoughts are below, let’s hear yours in the comments.

Zeglinski: Is Deshaun Watson the Bears’ shining light? - (Windy City Gridiron) - Picking a quarterback this year for the Bears may seem crazy, but in nabbing Deshaun Watson, they could be calm.

Wiltfong: Who is the face of the Chicago Bears’ franchise? - Windy City Gridiron (Windy City Gridiron) - Kyle Long, Mike Glennon, Jordan Howard? Who will be the 2017 face of the Chicago Bears?

Zeglinski: Windy City Gridiron draft roundtable: Consolation prizes at No. 3 overall - (Windy City Gridiron) - Part two of this Bears 2017 first-round pick roundtable has us look at our "other" favorite options for the selection.

Zeglinski: Windy City Gridiron draft roundtable: Consolation prizes at No. 3 overall - (Windy City Gridiron) - Part two of this Bears 2017 first-round pick roundtable has us look at our "other" favorite options for the selection.

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54oaklightning: All the time - Mocking! Mocking! Mocking! Mocking! - Windy City Gridiron (Windy City Gridiron) - There are so many different ways to go in this draft. Everyday i find a new outcome. Since BPA is subjective, this time i thought i'll think of the direction i want my mock draft to go. There are so many different ways to go in this draft. Everyday i find a new outcome.

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