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The Bear's Den, April 6, 2017

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The draft is on everybody's mind, as we live in the heart of the "Season Of The Mocks"...

David Fales reunites with former Bears OC Adam Gase in Miami
David Fales reunites with former Bears OC Adam Gase in Miami
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS

Mayer: Ranking Bears' best top-10 draft picks - ChiagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer ranks the 10 best players selected by the Bears with a top-10 pick in the NFL Draft during the Super Bowl era.

Patra: Jay Cutler still lacking interest from QB-needy teams - NFL.com - Even with a dearth of capable quarterbacks on the open market and few pro-ready signal-callers in the draft, one man can't sniff a gig: Jay Cutler.

Hirschhorn: Packers waive Ego Ferguson after failed physical - Acme Packing Company - The Packers made the news official via the NFL's transaction wire.

DRAFT / PROSPECTS / FREE AGENCY

Mullin: With injury shadows hovering over possible top 2017 picks, how much risk can Bears tolerate? - CSN Chicago
Injury shadows hover over potential top 2017 draft picks, which leads to the question: How much, if any, injury risk are the Bears willing to tolerate?

Stankevitz: Is Mitchell Trubisky a one-year wonder? UNC teammates say that's an 'unfair' label - CSN Chicago
Mitchell Trubisky's teammates from North Carolina don't believe it's fair to label the potential first-round quarterback as a one-year wonder.

Perez: Sports Illustrated chooses Thomas for Bears in latest 2017 NFL Mock Draft - Bears Wire
Sports Illustrated sent the Bears a new stud defensive lineman in their latest 2017 NFL Mock Draft

Emma: Difference-Making Tight Ends Available For Bears In This NFL Draft Class - CBS Chicago
The Bears could use a versatile tight end for their offense.

Perez: Jonathan Allen says Deshaun Watson is the best player he’s ever faced - Bears Wire
Chicago Bears 2017 NFL Draft: Alabama's Jonathan Allen said Clemson's Deshaun Watson is the best player he's ever faced

How would Solomon Thomas or Jonathan Allen fit with the Chicago Bears at No. 3? - Pro Football Weekly
A breakdown of the top two front-seven prospects who could be on the board for the Bears

POLISH SAUSAGE

Johnson: Houston Texans star JJ Watt stops in to surprise Horizon Elementary teacher in Pewaukee - Lake Country Now - Watt brought Judy Keefe, currently a fifth-grade teacher at Horizon Elementary School, a cake that honored her retirement at the end of the school year, and shared it with her and her classroom. Keefe has been teaching for 41 years.

Finley: Ex-Bears QB David Fales to sign with Dolphins - Chicago Sun-Times - David Fales will reunite with Adam Gase, the Bears' offensive coordinator in 2015 who runs a scheme similar to the Bears.

Daniel Jeremiah's top 50 prospects for 2017 NFL Draft 4.0 - NFL.com - All three of the draft's top running backs are moving up in Daniel Jeremiah's latest prospect rankings, while a heralded cornerback continues to tumble down the list.

Parr: Fournette weighs 228 pounds at pro day, down 12 from combine - NFL.com - Leonard Fournette's weight became a hot topic at the NFL Scouting Combine. Have a look at what the LSU RB weighed in at during his pro day on Wednesday.

Wesseling: Ourand says Peyton not interested in sports broadcasting - NFL.com - What are Peyton Manning's plans after football? Will he join Tony Romo in the broadcast booth? John Ourand of the Sports Business Journal brought the answers on "Good Morning Football."

KNOW THY ENEMY

Western: Packers Mock Draft 2017: ESPN’s Kiper goes offense, McShay bolsters defense - Acme Packing Company - One ESPN analyst drafts offensive playmakers, while the other focuses on pass rush and coverage.

Gates: Kiper, McShay Mocks Have Vikings Going Different Directions - Daily Norseman - The ESPN Draft Experts have different ideas of where the Vikings should go.

Reisman: Why I chose Taco Charlton over Haason Reddick in the SB Nation mock draft - Pride Of Detroit - Here’s why I made the tough decision to take Taco Charlton in the SB Nation mock draft.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: 2017 NFL Draft: Kiper and McShay each have the Chicago Bears going in a different direction at 3 - Windy City Gridiron - We take a peek at the latest mock draft from ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay to see how they have the Chicago Bears drafting.

Mitchell: Ryan Pace Year-3 Offseason Free Agency Approval Rating - Windy City Gridiron - Ryan Pace’s job approval rating, thumbs up or thumbs down? Do that voting thing.

Sunderbruch: Chicago Bears 7-Round Mock Big 12 Edition - Windy City Gridiron - Players from the Big 12 only received 5 more invites to the combine than Michigan. What happens when a team in need of talent is forced to sort through a limited pool of candidates?

Silverstein: The WCG All-Bears Post-Ditka Team - Fullback - Windy City Gridiron - A salute to Jason McKie, the best fullback of the Post-Ditka era.

Zeglinski: Mock Draft Carousel -The case for and against the top of some Bears mocks - Windy City Gridiron - It’s the season of projecting players. Let’s pick apart the pros and cons of each of the most recent mock drafts concerning Chicago.

FANPOSTS

Nadoo: Sorting out ESPN's Mock Draft - Windy City Gridiron
Shout out to Robert Zeglinksi for covering three of the mock drafts that went up recently. Two other mock drafts went up this afternoon at ESPN from Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay. There is only one...

54oaklightning: Drafting for holes - Windy City Gridiron - After you try a few mock drafts you understand how hard the GM's job is. There are so many ways you can go through a draft and every pick changes the entire story. I found myself trying to...

Nadoo: Is Mike Glennon really any better than Brian Hoyer? - Windy City Gridiron - Let’s look at Glennon’s and Hoyer’s statistics and compare the two quarterbacks. Obviously, Glennon has considerably less games to look at compared with Hoyer’s career. To mitigate the issue of...

FanPosts - Recent - Windy City Gridiron - Here's a link to our FanPost section, where YOU have the opportunity to contribute to Windy City Gridiron. Take a few minutes and write a post about what you are thinking about regarding the Chicago Bears, and there'a chance it will be linked right here in the Den.

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