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The Bear’s Den: April 30, 2017

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Haugh: Ryan Pace's unorthodox draft thrusts him to center of Bears organization - Chicago Tribune - With such a surprising NFL draft, general manager Ryan Pace assures if Bears win more than five games it certainly will be a surprise.

Biggs: Whenever given chance, new Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky succeeds - Chicago Tribune - It took awhile for Mitch Trubisky to rise to the first team at North Carolina, but when he did he didn't disappoint.

Krinch: This is why new Bears running back Tarik Cohen is nicknamed 'The Human Joystick' - CSN Chicago - Check out why new Bears running back Tarik Cohen is nicknamed "The Human Joystick" with some jaw-dropping highlights.

Boden: Is Bears' fourth-round pick Tarik Cohen a smaller Tyreek Hill or a Darren Sproles comp? - CSN Chicago - New Bears running back Tarik Cohen has drawn comparisons to Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill and Eagles running back Darren Sproles,

Stankevitz: Eddie Jackson healthy, ready to bring center fielder range to Bears' secondary - CSN Chicago - Eddie Jackson expects to be ready for training camp, where the Alabama safety will compete for playing time at free safety.

Stankevitz: Bears feel confident in Division II draft picks Adam Shaheen, Jordan Morgan - CSN Chicago - The Bears drafted three players from outside FBS, including Adam Shaheen and Jordan Morgan from Division II schools, but the Bears are trusting what they see in the players.

Mullin: Looking deeper at Bears gamble on Mitch Trubisky - CSN Chicago - Ryan Pace and the Bears are gambling big time on Mitch Trubisky and John "Moon" - Mullin examines the fallout from the risk.

2017 Bears Draft class - CSN Chicago - The Bears entered the draft with seven selections, but after a few trades, they finished with five players in their 2017 Draft Class.

Emma: The Spotlight Is Waiting For Mitchell Trubisky - CBS Chicago - Trubisky will get his chance to develop in 2017, but then the expectations begin.

Jahns: Ryan Pace - Bears pass on 'D' but stick to best player available - Chicago Sun-Times - With two days in the books, the Bears have stuck to picking offensive players.

Finley: From Mentor to pupil: the rise of Bears QB Mitch Trubisky - Chicago Sun-Times - The folks back home still tell Mitch Trubisky that it was the greatest game they had ever seen.

Potash: "Human Joystick" - Tarik Cohen eager to make a name for himself - Chicago Sun-Times - Tarik Cohen is a YouTube star, a prolific running back who loves the challenge of being 5-6 in a big-man’s game,

Jahns: Bears draft offensive lineman Jordan Morgan in the fifth round - Chicago Sun-Times - Morgan, who was the 147th selection of the draft, played for the Bears in the Senior Bowl. He also participated in the scouting combine.

Finley: John Fox doesn't expect Mike Glennon to like Bears drafting a QB - Chicago Sun-Times - Mike Glennon wasn’t thrilled the Bears drafted Mitch Trubisky.

Finley: Analyzing all five members of the Bears' 2017 draft class - Chicago Sun-Times - A pick-by-pick look at the Bears' 2017 draft class:

Potash: Kyle Fuller on the bubble after Bears decline fifth-year option - Chicago Sun-Times - Pace has expressed hope that Fuller will return in 2017, but it’s clear he’ll have to battle for a roster spot in training camp.

Video: Pace and Fox recap the Bears 2017 Draft - - General manager Ryan Pace and head coach John Fox address the media following the Bears 2017 NFL Draft.

Mayer: Shaheen eager to make jump to NFL - - Tight end Adam Shaheen, the Bears' second-round draft pick, is confident and excited about making the leap from Division II Ashland University to the NFL.

Mayer: Bears pick Jackson in Round 4 - - The Bears on Saturday bolstered their secondary by trading up five spots in the fourth round of the draft to select Alabama safety Eddie Jackson with the No. 112 overall pick.

Mayer: Bears take RB Cohen in Round 4 - - With their second pick in the fourth round of the draft Saturday, the Bears selected North Carolina A&T running back Tarik Cohen with the 119th overall pick.

Mayer: Bears draft OL Morgan in Round 5 - - The Bears addressed their offensive line in the fifth round of the draft Saturday, choosing Kutztown guard/tackle Jordan Morgan with the 147th overall pick.

Fishbain: Adam Shaheen's college position coach describes how Bears TE achieved his NFL goal | Pro Football Weekly - Shaheen got to Ashland with a lofty goal, and then he dominated Division II

Harrison: Best and most worrisome picks from the 2017 NFL Draft - - How much will O.J. Howard impact the Bucs' offense? Did the Browns play it right by waiting until Round 2 for DeShone Kizer? Elliot Harrison runs down the best and most worrisome draft picks.

Browns admit they might not keep Caleb Brantley - - Florida's Caleb Brantley, who was charged with misdemeanor battery last week, was drafted by the Browns on Saturday. Team says there's a chance they might not keep him.

Ashland coach Lee Owens on Adam Shaheen “I feel really good about you guys getting a great pick” - WGN Radio - Ashland University head football coach Lee Owens joins Mark Carman, Adam Hoge and Harry Teinowitz to talk about Bears 2nd-rounder, TE Adam Shaheen. They discuss Shaheen's size and physical presence, and the elements of his game that led his "Baby Gronk" comparisons, what Owens saw in Shaheen while...

NC A&T head coach Rod Broadway on RB Tarik Cohen - “The people of Chicago are gonna love this kid” - WGN Radio - Adam Hoge, Mark Carman and Harry Teinowitz talk with North Carolina A&T head football coach Rod Broadway, about the Bears' 4th-round draft pick, running back Tarik Cohen.

Campbell: Bears' Day 3 picks speak as draft winds down - Chicago Tribune - Follow along with coverage of all of the Bears' picks from Day 3 of the NFL draft on Saturday, April 29, 2017.


Gantt: Broncos make Chad Kelly Mr. Irrelevant - ProFootballTalk - Chad Kelly was far from irrelevant, as a guy who made plenty of plays, plenty of headlines and had a Hall of Fame uncle. But now, he's Mr. Irrelevant. The Broncos took the injured Ole Miss quarterback with the 253rd and final pick of the 2017 NFL Draft.

Jahns: Corey Davis, two St. Rita grads highlight locals drafted into NFL - Chicago Sun-Times - It was a good year for Chicago area players and the NFL draft.

Undrafted free agent signings 2017: Every team’s pickups in one place - - Is the next Tony Romo waiting in this year’s crop of undrafted players?


Biggs: Analysis of the new additions for the Bears' NFC North rivals - Chicago Tribune - Brad Biggs analyzes the new additions for the Bears' NFC North rivals.

Western: Full list of picks, recaps, and roundups - Acme Packing Company - The Green Bay Packers made 10 picks this weekend - here are all of them.

Thompson: Vikings Day 3 Recap with Zone Coverage, Vikings Corner - Daily Norseman - Daily Norseman joined forces with fellow Vikings writers to talk about a busy Day 3 of the draft.

Reisman: Introducing the 2017 Detroit Lions draft class - Pride Of Detroit - Here’s a first look at the Detroit Lions’ 2017 NFL Draft class.


Wiltfong: Chicago Bears select Eddie Jackson with the 112th pick in the fourth round - Windy City Gridiron - It has been an interesting 2017 NFL Draft for the Chicago Bears so far.

Wiltfong: Chicago Bears select Tarik Cohen with the 119th pick in the 4th round - Windy City Gridiron - With the 119th selection of the 2017 NFL Draft, the Chicago Bears pick Tarik Cohen, running back from North Carolina A&T with the 119th pick in the 4th round.

Wiltfong: Chicago Bears select Jordan Morgan with the 147th pick in the fifth round - Windy City Gridiron - It hasn’t been a 2017 NFL Draft that many Chicago Bears’ fans were expecting, but all these guys are high ceiling type of players. If Ryan Pace hits on these guys, the Bears will be on their way ...

Zeglinski: Grading the Bears’ pick of Eddie Jackson - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears traded up and got a relative early-round talent steal in Jackson.

Snyder: Chicago Bears 2017 Draft Pick Grade - Tarik Cohen - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears hope more offense comes in a very small package

Snyder: Chicago Bears 2017 Draft Pick Grade - Jordan Morgan - Windy City Gridiron - Chicago goes back to the small-school pool for a big-time road grader.

Wiltfong: 2017 Chicago Bears Draft Class - Windy City Gridiron - Here’s the entire Chicago Bears 2017 Draft class including video highlight pckages for each player.

Wiltfong: Bears undrafted free agent tracker 2017: All the signings and rumors - Windy City Gridiron - We’ve got all the rumors on the Chicago Bears soon-to-be 2017 UDFA rookie class.


Rockbadger: What is Ryan Pace up to? A suggestion - Windy City Gridiron - 2017 has seen the Bears make five picks that not many would have predicted. While a few of us thought Trubisky might come our way, I don't think people joined the dots on any of the other...

Erik Christopher Duerrwaechter: Optimist Prime's Assessment of the 2017 Draft Class - Windy City Gridiron - After months of hypothesizing and speculation, we have finally come to the conclusion of the Bears' 2017 NFL Draft. History was made, rumors were aplenty, and opinions have ranged widely among fans...

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