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Two more days until the NFL Draft, and the final mocks are coming in...

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(L-R) Mitchell Trubisky of North Carolina poses with Commissioner of the National Football League Roger Goodell after being picked #2 overall by the Chicago Bears (from 49ers) during the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft 
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

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Dewitt: Mock Draft Special 2018 (Plus, Forte & Hester Retire as Bears) - Bears Brothers Podcast - Listen as Da Bears Brothers go round-by-round and unveil their final (and complete) Bears mock drafts, and discuss Matt Forte and Devin Hester's retirement.

[Video] Devin Hester and Matt Forte retire as Chicago Bears - Pro Football Weekly - One of the greatest punt returners in the NFL in Devin Hester and one of the premiere dual threat running backs in Bears and NFL history in Matt Forte spent one more day as a Chicago Bear and then hung 'em up. On Monday, April 23, the Chicago Bears s

Hub Arkush: Forte, Hester come home to retire as Bears - Pro Football Weekly - Devin Hester is likely to become the first kick return specialist to earn a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, based strictly on his special-teams play.

Potash: If Bears want a playmaker at 8, defense likely the only way to go - Chicago Sun-Times - Virginia Tech linebacker Tremaine Edmunds and Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith in particular seem like the best candidates.

Finley: Rules and role changes make retired Bears Devin Hester, Matt Forte one of a kind - Chicago Sun-Times - There will never be another returner like Devin Hester. No one will ever have a chance.

Adam L. Jahns: Whom the Bears should draft with their first-round pick Thursday - Chicago Sun-Times - Sun-Times expert Adam L. Jahns breaks down whom the Bears should take in the first round of Thursday’s NFL Draft.

Wiederer & Campbell: Bears GM Ryan Pace can't forget his biggest needs as draft unfolds - Chicago Tribune - On Friday night and throughout Saturday, the Bears need to add talent and depth to the roster while not being blind to their obvious needs. Edge rusher tops the list. Receiver is a close second.

Campbell: Bears honor Devin Hester and Matt Forte in retirement ceremony - Chicago Tribune - The Bears on Monday honored Devin Hester and Matt Forte in a retirement ceremony at Halas Hall recounting their highlights with the team.

Maske: It's a quarterback-heavy NFL draft, but the three best players aren't QBs - Chicago Tribune - There are some non-quarterbacks available in this NFL draft. Who knew?

Bear Download Podcast: Offense or defense at No. 8? - Chicago Tribune - Welcome to the weekly Bear Download podcast with Rich Campbell and Dan Wiederer.

Biggs: Giants at No. 2 hold the key to an early run on quarterbacks, the ideal scenario for Ryan Pace and the Bears - Chicago Tribune - An early run on quarterbacks Thursday night is the perfect scenario for the Bears and general manager Ryan Pace. Plenty of teams are angling for a quarterback, and the Giants, who hold the No. 2 pick, are the key to that happening.

Fill in the blank: Bears writers address four topics before NFL draft - Chicago Tribune - The Tribune's Bears writers sound off on four topics at the heart of this year's NFL draft.

Hoge: 2018 Bears Big Board - WGN Radio - Barring a big trade back, Bears general manager Ryan Pace will select in the top nine of the NFL Draft for the fourth straight year Thursday night. So far, those picks — Kevin White, Leonard Floyd and Mitch Trubisky — have come with mixed results and it’s important the Bears successfully add an impact player who can contribute right away.

Perez: Final Chicago Bears 7-round NFL mock draft - Bears Wire - A final look at a complete seven-round Chicago Bears 2018 NFL Mock Draft

Cox: Emotional Devin Hester says he belongs in Hall of Fame as ‘most dangerous guy on the field’ - Bears Wire - Former Chicago Bears return man Devin Hester said he belongs in the Pro Football Hall of Fame as "the most dangerous guy on the field."

Cox: Matt Forte’s one regret ‘Not winning a Super Bowl for this great franchise’ - Bears Wire - Former Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte's biggest regret was not winning a Super Bowl for the team that drafted him.

Perez: Ranking the Chicago Bears’ Top-5 NFL Draft needs - Bears Wire - A look at the Chicago Bears top-five NFL Draft needs...

Hughes: My Five Favorite Players in the Draft - Da Bears Blog - Here’s who I love in this year’s draft. If you look back historically, these guys usually tend to be pretty good in the league.

Mayer: Hester, Forte among top second-rounders - ChicagoBears.com - Devin Hester and Matt Forte are among an impressive group of Bears second-round draft picks that also includes Hall of Fame middle linebackers Mike Singletary and Bill George.

Eurich: Weighing the Bears' trade-up options in the NFL Draft - 247Sports - Moving up in the 2018 NFL Draft does not make a lot of sense for the Chicago Bears.

Eurich: Devin Hester believes he belongs in the Hall of Fame - 247Sports - Devin Hester made another plea to go to the Hall of Fame when he officially retired with the Chicago Bears on Monday.

Emma's Mock Draft: Quarterback Frenzy Benefits Bears - 670 The Score - The Bears are well positioned with the eighth pick, but whom will they take?

Hershkovich: This Time, No Reason For Bears To Surprise With 1st-Round Pick - 670 The Score - Ryan Pace has taken on risk with all three of his first-round picks in his Bears tenure.

Ahead of draft, ex-Bear Curtis Conway one of ex-NFL players share what they wish they knew as rookies - NFL.com - With a crop of prospects awaiting their turns to play in the NFL, our NFL Network analysts give some advice, answering the question: What did you learn later in your career that you wish you knew as a rookie?

POLISH SAUSAGE

Smith: Sam Darnold - If I looked at mock drafts I’d drive myself insane – ProFootballTalk - There are mock drafts that have Sam Darnold going first overall to the Browns, mock drafts that have Darnold going third overall to the Jets, and mock drafts that have some other team trading up to get Darnold at No. 2. But Darnold wouldn't know.

Kelly: The NFL Draft Scouting Glossary - The Ringer - Sam Darnold has a "bad face." Calvin Ridley has "tight skin." It’s time to define those phrases—and more.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Packers 2018 Draft Board Projection: Athletic edge rushers can be found in any round - Acme Packing Company - If the Packers elect not to take a pass-rusher in round one, don’t be too discouraged — there should be plenty of intriguing athletes available through the end of day three and beyond.

Gates: U.S. Men’s Curling Team to announce Vikings’ Day 3 draft picks - Daily Norseman - The gold medalists will be naming some of the newest Vikings

Pride of Detroit Draft Guide for Beginners: Top first and late-round targets for the Detroit Lions - Pride Of Detroit - Taking a look at our draft guys’ favorite prospects with a "for dummies" twist.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: Bears’ Ryan Pace ranked last among NFL General Managers - Windy City Gridiron - Make sure you vote in our latest Ryan Pace approval rating poll.

Zeglinski: Windy City Gridiron NFL Mock Draft 2018 - Windy City Gridiron - The WCG staff takes out the collective crystal ball for the first round of this year’s draft.

Zeglinski: Breaking news - the Bears are likely getting a good player with their first round pick - Windy City Gridiron - Enough nitpicking. It isn’t "Player A or bust" for the Bears at No. 8 overall. An abundance of options means it’s difficult to fail.

Wiltfong: The Chicago Bears 2018 win total is set at 6.5, are you taking the over or under? - Windy City Gridiron - According to BetOnline.ag, the Chicago Bears are going to improve on their 5-11 season from a year ago. The online gambling site has their over/under for wins at 6.5, and I’d imagine they get a lot...

Zeglinski: Consummate Bears - nothing deterred the under-appreciated Devin Hester and Matt Forte - Windy City Gridiron - Despite rule changes and offensive mediocrity, Hester and Forte couldn’t be stopped from blazing trails in Chicago.

X160630: All Bets Are Final - Windy City Gridiron - In my most recent fanpost, What Do You Know?!, I put forth a challenge for any and all in the WCG community who felt like they could spot a draft pick and perform better than Ryan Pace. The timing...

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