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

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Campbell: Bears GM says Not drafting best player available is 'dangerous water' - Chicago Tribune - From Ryan Pace's perch, the Bears GM is determined to stick to his philosophy of selecting the highest-ranked player on the team's draft board.

Wiederer & Campbell: Bear Download podcast 2017 draft edition - Chicago Tribune - Welcome to the weekly Bear Download podcast with Rich Campbell and Dan Wiederer.

Zeglinski: It’s time for Pace’s magnum opus - The Rock River Times - In the third edition of the NFL draft that Ryan Pace’s brain trust gets a shot at, it’s likely the most crucial.

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.

Thompson: Boyettes hope NFL draft makes them a Bears-Sky couple - Chicago Tribune - Chicago Sky center Imani Boyette started a Twitter campaign to get the Bears to draft her husband, Paul.

Wiederer: Ryan Pace careful not to 'manufacture things' with Bears' draft evaluations - Chicago Tribune - General manager Ryan Pace was careful not to divulge any confidential information or offer any tells as to how the Bears might be leaning as the NFL draft nears.

Campbell: Bears' big board, 6 who could click with the No. 3 pick in the NFL draft - Chicago Tribune - The Bears hold the No. 3 pick in the NFL draft. Here are six leading candidates to become the newest cornerstone of the ongoing building project at Halas Hall.

Biggs: 10 thoughts on the Bears and the No. 3 pick - Chicago Tribune - Brad Biggs' 10 thoughts on the eve of the 2017 NFL draft.

Biggs: Bears can't afford to strike out at No. 3, so swinging for fences may be unwise - Chicago Tribune - A 'triple' draft pick could represent a talented player who starts for many years to come. The Bears don't have many triples on their roster.

LeGere: Chicago Bears GM 'We like three players' at No. 3 NFL draft pick - Daily Herald - It's an exciting time for GM Ryan Pace and the Bears' organization because they have the third overall pick in a strong NFL draft that begins with Round One Thursday night. Such a high pick, however, comes a great deal of pressure.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: What will the Bears do in the NFL Draft? - CSN Chicago - Our SportsTalk Live panel discusses what the Bears need to do to make this year's NFL Draft a successful one.

2017 NFL Draft Preview: Breaking down options for the Bears at No. 3 - CSN Chicago - As we're less than 24 hours from the start of the 2017 NFL Draft, CSN's Chris Boden, JJ Stankevitz and Scott Krinch break down options for the Bears at No. 3 on Thursday night.

Mullin: Should Bears draft offense or defense at No. 3? - CSN Chicago - Should the Bears pick an offensive or defensive player with the No. 3 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft?

CSN Chicago experts predict how first round of 2017 NFL Draft will play out - CSN Chicago - Check out a compilation of mock drafts from our panel of CSNChicago.com Bears contributors.

Emma: All Scenarios In Play For Bears, Including A Trade From No. 3 Pick - CBS Chicago - Bears general manager Ryan Pace has been fielding and making calls about the third pick.

Emma: Success For Bears Starts With Diligent Drafting - CBS Chicago - Bad drafting got the Bears in this mess. Can Ryan Pace string quality drafts together to get them out of it?

Talander: It's elementary, 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.

Finley: Bears didn't host either of draft's top QBs for private interview - Chicago Sun-Times
The top two quarterback prospects in Thursday’s draft have never been to Halas Hall.

Jahns: Pace says 'Everything's on the table' for trading picks - Chicago Sun-Times - The NFL draft starts Thursday night. The Bears have the No. 3 pick.

Potash: Decision at third overall is as simple as 1-2-3 - Chicago Sun-Times - No matter how unpredictable the Browns and/or 49ers might be with the first two picks, each of those teams can only pick one player.

Finley: From 'little-to-nothing' to draft, Corey Davis says ankle is fine - Chicago Sun-Times - Corey Davis’ ankle injury doesn’t compare to the things he saw growing up.

Morrissey: Do Bears have the stomach for using top pick on a QB? Doubtful - Chicago Sun-Times - With history as our guide, can we all agree that the Bears wouldn’t know a quarterback from a three-legged dachshund?

Jahns: Bears GM Ryan Pace ready for draft - Chicago Sun-Times - Pace held his own annual pre-draft news conference on Wednesday. Here’s our best attempt to read between the lines.

Sun-Times experts weigh in: Whom will the Bears draft at No. 3? - Chicago Sun-Times - Bears GM Ryan Pace has been studying for this test — the biggest of his NFL career — since the start of the last college season.

Potash: Pressure? It's only the biggest draft pick of Ryan Pace's career - Chicago Sun-Times - On the biggest day of the third-year GM's career, we’ll see just how much his cool demeanor will pay off.

Finley: The case for 8 players the Bears could draft third Thursday - Chicago Sun-Times - The draftees will run down, not up, the infamous “Rocky Steps” at the makeshift theater outside the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Mayer: Bears have 'huge opportunity' in draft - ChicagoBears.com - Armed with their highest draft pick in 35 years, the Bears will have a unique chance to land an impact player when the first round is conducted Thursday night.

Mayer: Cancer survivor to announce Bears pick - ChicagoBears.com - Inspirational young athlete Kate Foster will enjoy an opportunity-of-a-lifetime Friday night when she announces the Bears' second-round pick at the NFL Draft in Philadelphia.

J.C. Talon Mock Draft 2.0 - Pro Football Weekly - Our fantasy football expert gives his updated 2017 NFL Draft thoughts

Gabriel: How many players are worth first-rounders in 2017 Draft? - Pro Football Weekly - With as many as 40 first-round talents, teams could get tremendous value into Round 2

Hub Arkush: Best scenario for Ryan Pace and Chicago Bears is to trade down in NFL Draft - Pro Football Weekly - Bears should hope the Browns want to move up from No. 12

Mayock mock draft - No. 3: Marshon Lattimore - NFL Videos - NFL Network's Mike Mayock predicts the Chicago Bears will draft cornerback Marshon Lattimore with the third overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Garafolo & Rapoport: Raiders acquire Marshawn Lynch in trade with Seahawks - NFL.com - Marshawn Lynch is officially a member of the Oakland Raiders. The team announced Wednesday it has acquired the veteran running back in a trade with the Seattle Seahawks.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Western's NFL Draft Walkthroughs: Predictions for what the Packers will do with the 29th pick - Acme Packing Company - Will the Packers stay put and make their pick or trade back? Will they go for an edge rusher, a corner, or something completely different? APC puts some predictions on the record.

Wlunford: Vikings Draft Predictions - Daily Norseman - With the NFL draft only a day away, I’ve spoken at length with Vikings’ GM Rick Spielman about what he intends to do as the draft unfolds, and specific players he’d like to draft and in what round....

Reisman: Lions 2017 draft: 8 bold predictions for Detroit - Pride Of Detroit - Ryan Mathews and Jeremy Reisman provide eight bold predictions for the 2017 NFL Draft.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: NFL Draft 2017 TV schedule - Bears’ draft order and everything else you need to know - Windy City Gridiron - This is literally everything you need to know about the Chicago Bears’ 2017 NFL Draft. Seriously. Everything.

Zeglinski: WCG simulates the first round - Windy City Gridiron - We transformed into general managers of teams in the NFL and mocked this year’s first round.

Sunderbruch: What Do The Draft Experts Know? Tracking the 2012 Draft - Windy City Gridiron - Before we worry too much about who is getting over drafted and who represents a steal, it’s worthwhile to look back at the 2012 draft and see what it tells us about actual value.

Wiltfong: 2017 NFL 2 Round Mock Draft - Windy City Gridiron - Here are the full results of the SB Nation 2 round, writer’s mock draft.

Zeglinski: The best Bears draft picks in the top-five - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears have their highest draft slot in the last 45 years. How kind was history to them in a similar spot?

FANPOSTS

EricSoderholm'sBat: Why we don't need to draft another S or CB or WR - Windy City Gridiron - Contrary to popular opinion, not just on this site, but seemingly everywhere I read, including all the experts, both local & national, the Bears do not need to draft another S or CB or WR. Here are...

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