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The Bear's Den: April 7, 2017

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The Bears honor long time equipment manager Tony Medlin and draft speculation abounds.

Connor Shaw is hoping for a better season in 2017 than 2016 was
Connor Shaw is hoping for a better season in 2017 than 2016 was
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS

Redemann: Kendall Wright Is Poised for Success With the Chicago Bears - Numberfire.comKendall Wright has spent the last five years languishing on the Tennessee Titans' rebuilding roster, with coaches who actively disliked using him and preferred boring, aging options to a dynamic downfield threat.

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

Campbell: Inside the ESPN series on Bears season ticket holders - Chicago Tribune - ESPN is about to roll out its docu-series "We the Fans" profiling a collection of Bears season ticket holders from section 250 at Soldier Field.

Biggs Bears Q&A: Drafting a redshirt, drafting for defense, drafting for offense and more - Chicago Tribune - The Tribune's Brad Biggs answers your questions weekly.

Finley's Podcast: Bears OLB Pernell McPhee on draft, defense & his role - Chicago Sun-Times - In the latest episode of - Halas Intrigue, Bears linebacker Pernell McPhee talks about the team's draft, his leadership role and the 2017 season.

Perez: 5 Chicago Bears who could lose their starting job to rookies in 2017 - Bears Wire - A look at five Chicago Bears who could lose their starting jobs to rookies after the 2017 NFL Draft

Mayer: Howard featured on All-Under-25 team - ChicagoBears.com - Bears Pro Bowl running back Jordan Howard is among 26 players included on NFL.com analyst Elliot Harrison's "All-Under-25" team.

Mayer: Medlin wins Virginia McCaskey Award - ChicagoBears.com - Longtime Bears head equipment manager Tony Medlin on Thursday was presented with the third annual Virginia McCaskey Award at Halas Hall.

PFW Chicago Podcast, #069: Previewing Bears' NFL Draft options with The Ringer's Robert Mays - Pro Football Weekly - We're back from vacation and in NFL Draft mode. Kevin opens the show with some belated Mark Sanchez talk, and then Robert Mays from The Ringer (@robertmays) joins the show to discuss what the Bears should do at quarterback in the draft, what a player

DRAFT / PROSPECTS / FREE AGENCY

LeGere: Expect edge rushers to go early in 2017 NFL draft - Daily Herald - In recent years, edge rushers have been overdrafted more than any position except quarterbacks. That's because the best way to neutralize even the best quarterbacks is by putting pressuring on them. This year's draft is deep in pass-rush talent.

Emma: LSU Safety Jamal Adams Proving His Place As Top-5 Pick In NFL Draft - CBS Chicago - Adams was timed as running a 4.33 in the 40-yard dash at his LSU pro day.

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

Smith: Bruce Arians wants full-time officials working at team practices - ProFootballTalk - Cardinals coach Bruce Arians is the newest member of the league's competition committee, and in that new role he's acting as a strong backer of full-time officials.

Ghelken: Tim Tebow homers in first minor-league at-bat - ProFootballTalk - Tim Tebow stood at second base, seemingly unaware what he'd just done. Go ahead, he was told. Round the bases. What a start. The former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback made his minor-league debut Thursday evening.

Brandt: 2008 NFL Draft do-over, Matt Ryan rises to the top, Bears take Avril not Williams - NFL.com - Knowing what we know now, is there any way Matt Ryan isn't taken first overall in the 2008 NFL Draft? How far would Jake Long fall? Gil Brandt takes a stab at redrafting an interesting class.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Western: Should the Packers try to trade for Richard Sherman? - Acme Packing Company - Maybe the question isn’t "should they try?" but rather "how much should they be willing to give up?"

Glover: Looking At Draft Priorities - Daily Norseman - We've talked about the offensive and defensive line, but what about running back?

Reisman: The Detroit Lions did DeAndre Levy wrong - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions may have put their former linebacker’s future career in doubt.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: Chicago Bears’ fans, who’s your guy? - Windy City Gridiron - Make it official, and tell us who you want the Chicago Bears to take with the 3rd overall pick.

Zeglinski: How far away are the Bears from finishing Vic Fangio’s ideal defense? - Windy City Gridiron - Fangio had a loaded core from the outset with the 49ers. In Chicago, not so much. Trying to size up what else the Bears need for their defensive guru.

Wiltfong: Chicago Bears 2016 Draft Do-Over - Windy City Gridiron - PFF recently did a 2016 Draft do-over, and we take a peek at their Chicago Bears pick right here.

Snyder's Chicago Bears Draftwatch: Mock Draft Trade Down Edition - Windy City Gridiron - Everybody talks about the Bears trading down, but what would they do with those picks?

Zeglinski: Cautioning the Bears on one top player at each of their biggest needs in this year’s Draft. - Windy City Gridiron - Most pre-draft player rankings are already settled. Some advice for the Bears on avoiding guys most agree on.

FANPOSTS

x160630: X’s and O’s - The Draft pt. 3 - Windy City Gridiron - Throughout this series we have discussed what may occur with the #3 pick in the draft if it were to go defense or if it were to go to the offensive side of the ball. But what if the #3 pick is...

JBurris: Jonathan Allen is the Perfect Pick for Chicago - Windy City Gridiron - The 2017 NFL Draft class is loaded with defensive talent. It includes players like Myles Garrett, Malik Hooker, Solomon Thomas, Jonathan Allen and more. This is good news for the Chicago Bears,...

Ditka's Pushbroom: Mock Draft 3.0 (The Perfect Storm Edition) - Windy City Gridiron - I am planning to release a new Mock Draft every Thursday leading up to the NFL Draft. Since the Draft opens on a Thursday, the Final Mock Draft (My personal ideal scenario) will be released the...

Ditka's Pushbroom: Revisionist History - Windy City Gridiron - Allow me to play devil’s advocate for a moment and ask a serious question. What if the Bears didn’t have 19 players on Injured Reserve, another 55 games missed due to injury, 8 games lost to...

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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