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The Bear’s Den: April 26, 2017 Pre-Draft Overload!

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

BEARRRSSSS DRAFT / PROSPECTS / FREE AGENCY

Wiederer: Jordan Howard, Josh Bellamy honored as Piccolo Award winners - Chicago Tribune - The Bears announced their 2016 Piccolo Award winners on Tuesday, honoring running back Jordan Howard and receiver Josh Bellamy.

DeWitt: Unveiling Our Final 2017 Chicago Bears Mock Drafts - Da Bears Brothers - It's time to predict the pick! In this episode, Da Bears Brothers go round-by-round and unveil each of their final mock drafts.

Haugh: Ryan Pace must go bold with Bears' No. 3 pick: Deshaun Watson - Chicago Tribune - Deshaun Watson of Clemson will instantly turn pessimism into optimism and improve the state of the Bears and Chicago.

Wiederer: Jordan Howard, Josh Bellamy honored as Piccolo Award winners - Chicago Tribune - The Bears announced their 2016 Piccolo Award winners on Tuesday, honoring running back Jordan Howard and receiver Josh Bellamy.

Biggs: Mitchell Trubisky likely key in trading down, but Bears face competition - Chicago Tribune - Browns supposedly covet quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, but it's unknown if they will deal with Bears at No. 3 to get him.

Wiederer & Campbell: Will Bears GM throw caution to the wind as he charges into NFL draft? - Chicago Tribune - Bears general manager Ryan Pace must combine his determination to build through the draft with proof that he's the right man to have at the controls.

Cox: 5 cornerbacks who fit the Bears in the 2017 NFL Draft - Bears Wire - The cornerback class in the 2017 NFL Draft is loaded, which is the perfect opportunity for the Chicago Bears to upgrade the position.

Mullin: Bears NFL Draft Preview - More secondary upgrades needed than just FA additions - CSN Chicago - The Bears needed to address their secondary in free agency, and they did. But John "Moon" Mullin says more additions are needed.

ITL: Hub Arkush, Alex Brown discusses Bears' needs - CSN Chicago - Hub Arkush and Alex Brown discuss what the Bears biggest needs are heading into the NFL Draft.

CSN Bears analyst Chris Boden's 2017 NFL Mock Draft - CSN Chicago - Check out CSN Bears analyst Chris Boden's 2017 NFL Mock Draft.

Mullin: Clemson's Deshaun Watson is the one situation where a Bears reach has epic upside - CSN Chicago - Deshaun Watson may be considered a reach at No. 3. But the upside of grabbing a franchise-altering quarterback makes him worth it for the Bears.

Emma: One Of Bears’ Piccolo Award Winners, Jordan Howard Stays Motivated - CBS Chicago - "That’s still my drive," Howard says. "I want to be the best player."

Jahns: Plans in place to name Chicago park after Brian Piccolo - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears also have an award voted on by teammates named in his honor.

Emma: Mike Glennon Setting Tone As Leader, ‘Taking Command’ Of Bears - CBS Chicago - The Bears are looking to Glennon, who signed with the team last month as their starting quarterback.

Jahns: Bears players are buying into QB Mike Glennon's leadership style - Chicago Sun-Times - Quarterback Mike Glennon is asserting himself during the first phase of the offseason program.

Telander: Bears should take QB Watson, if he's there - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears simply need a good quarterback. If Clemson’s Deshaun Watson is there at No. 3, and you don’t take him, oh, boy.

Perez: 5 QBs the Bears could select in the 2017 NFL Draft - Bears Wire - Video highlights of five quarterbacks the Chicago Bears could draft in the 2017 NFL Draft

Cox: 5 cornerbacks who fit the Bears in the 2017 NFL Draft - The cornerback class in the 2017 NFL Draft is loaded, which is the perfect opportunity for the Chicago Bears to upgrade the position.

Mayer: Hampton to co-host Bears Draft Party - ChicagoBears.com - Hall of Fame defensive lineman Dan Hampton will host the 2017 Miller Lite Chicago Bears Drafty Party Thursday night at Soldier Field.

NFL Draft Walkthroughs: Who is the most overrated prospect in 2017? - Acme Packing Company - In our second set of Walkthroughs, we look at players whom we aren’t a fan of.

Mayer: Howard, Bellamy win Piccolo Awards - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears on Tuesday honored running back Jordan Howard and receiver Josh Bellamy as the 2016 winners of the prestigious Brian Piccolo Award during a ceremony at Halas Hall.

Mayer: Fans say who they want Bears to draft - ChicagoBears.com - We asked fans on Twitter who they would like the Bears to select with the third overall pick in the NFL Draft Thursday night. Check out their responses.

Zierlein: Six prospects likely to slip in 2017 NFL Draft - NFL.com - Six defensive prospects are among those trending in the wrong direction as draft day approaches. Lance Zierlein reveals his list of players likely to slide.

Sessler: Draft buzz - Will QB-needy teams suffer 2011 relapse? - NFL.com - This year's class of draft-eligible quarterbacks has been savaged from the start by evaluators. But is it fair to wonder if this is 2011 all over again?

Browns discussed trading up with three teams in top 8 - NFL.com - It was long suggested that Cleveland might use its bounty of early-round selections to move up to hand-select its quarterback of the future. Now there is tangible proof of those efforts.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Jahns: Jay Cutler's agent refutes reports of his retirement - Chicago Sun-Times - Cutler was limited to only five games last year because of injuries.

Western: Report - Gareon Conley accused of rape, remains under investigation - Acme Packing Company - One of the top cornerbacks in this year’s draft faces serious allegations as the

KNOW THY ENEMY

Gates: Potential Linebacker Targets For The Minnesota Vikings - Daily Norseman - Who the Vikings draft at linebacker may depend on what they want to do with their current starters.

Reisman: T.J. Lang expects to miss OTAs, but ‘on schedule’ to make training camp - Pride Of Detroit - The new Lions guard is on schedule to participate in training camp in June.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: The latest Chicago Bears draft rumors - Windy City Gridiron - Check out the latest NFL Draft buzz surrounding the Chicago Bears!

Zeglinski: John Fox is in higher esteem than Ryan Pace nationally - Windy City Gridiron - In a ranking of NFL general managers and head coaches, the young and inexperienced Pace has a lot to live up to.

Householder: 10 Thoughts on the NFL Draft - Windy City Gridiron - It’s NFL Draft week!

Silverstein: Would you draft Devin Hester with the #3 pick? - Windy City Gridiron - I will offer you Devin Hester’s career for the next 10 years, the equivalent of 2006-2015. How high would you draft him?

Zeglinski: Josh Bellamy and Jordan Howard voted Bears 2016 Piccolo Award winners - Windy City Gridiron - The latest rendition of Chicago’s historic award goes to the veteran Bellamy and young gun in Howard.

Wiltfong: 2017 NFL Draft: Top 5 Quarterbacks - Windy City Gridiron - In Lester’s latest T Formation Conversation podcast, he’s joined by a special guest to talk quarterbacks available in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Wiltfong: The latest Chicago Bears draft rumors - Windy City Gridiron - Check out the latest NFL Draft buzz surrounding the Chicago Bears!

FANPOSTS

Jonathonlamarc: Top 6 QBs in 2017 NFL Draft with overall rank, profiles, and player comparisons - Windy City Gridiron
I just finished my top 100 draft rankings and profiles. I thought I would throw it up here and see what other people thought. I watched at least 3 full games of film for each prospect and the...

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