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Finley: Bears draft W. Kentucky LB Joel Iyiegbuniwe in 4th round - Chicago Sun-Times - Western Kentucky linebacker Joel Iyiegbuniwe was chosen with the 15th pick of the fourth round Saturday.

Finley: Bears draft Delaware DE Bilal Nichols in fifth round - Chicago Sun-Times - Nichols (6-4, 306 pounds) was a first-team All-Colonial Athletic Association selection last season.

Finley: Bears draft Utah OLB Kylie Fitts in 6th round - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears finally got their edge rusher: Utah outside linebacker Kylie Fitts, in the sixth round on Saturday.

Finley: Bears take Georgia WR Javon Wims in seventh round - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears selected Javon Wims — who led the national champion runner-up Georgia with 45 catches, 720 yards and seven touchdowns.

Finley and Jahns: Breaking down each of the Bears' seven selections - Chicago Sun-Times - A capsule look at each of the seven players the Bears drafted this week:

Jahns: 'We certainly have enough' Bears offense now upgraded for QB Mitch Trubisky - Chicago Sun-Times - It was imperative to improve the talent around Mitch Trubisky, and they've succeeded.

Jahns & Finley: Bears undrafted free agent signings list - Chicago Sun-Times - With the seven rounds NFL draft concluding on Saturday, the Bears and other teams moved quickly to fill out their rosters by signing undrafted players

Kane: Bears select Iowa center James Daniels in second round of NFL draft - Chicago Tribune - Bears' second-round draft pick James Daniels fills an immediate need in the interior line after they declined veteran left guard Josh Sitton’s option this winter.

Kane and Campbell: Bears draft ILB Joel Iyiegbuniwe, DL Bilal Nichols, OLB Kylie Fitts, WR Javon Wims - Chicago Tribune - The Bears drafted Western Kentucky linebacker Joel Iyiegbuniwe, Delaware defensive lineman Bilal Nichols, Utah edge rusher Kylie Fitts and wide receiver Javon Wims on Day 3 of the NFL draft Saturday.

Biggs: Analyzing the drafts of the Bears’ three NFC North rivals - Chicago Tribune - Brad Biggs analyzes the NFL draft picks of the Bears' three NFC North rivals.

Kane: Two Notre Dame players among undrafted free agents reportedly joining Bears - Chicago Tribune - The Bears made their final four picks of the draft Saturday and then began to fill out the rest of their roster with undrafted free agents.

Haugh: Everything relative, but after draft Bears can say they're most improved team in NFC North - Chicago Tribune - It would be hard to find a team in the NFL that has reason to feel any better about its offseason than the Bears. All the moves in free-agency and this weekend's NFL draft addressed glaring needs and put the Bears in position to flirt with .500 in a league defined by parity.

Campbell and Kane: A capsule look at Bears' four Day 3 draft picks - Chicago Tribune - A capsule look at the Bears' four Day 3 draft picks: linebacker Joel Iyieqbuniwe, defensive lineman Bilal Nichols, inside linebacker Kylie Fitts and wide receiver Javon Wims.

Biggs: As they say in Bears draft pick’s hometown ‘There’s only one Roquan Smith’ - Chicago Tribune - Described by Mayor Larry Smith as "the biggest deal to come out of Montezuma, Ga., Bears linebacker Roquan Smith is the newest big deal at Halas Hall as a linebacker that can make an instant impact for the franchise.

Hub Arkush: Does Chicago Bears' talent match the buzz around it? - Daily Herald - While Hub Arkush says he's a Ryan Pace fan, Pace's honeymoon period is over. Arkush is worried that the quality of the Bears roster is not equal to the buzz surrounding it.

Joel Iyiegbuniwe: Instant Analysis of the Chicago Bears' 2018 Fourth-Round Pick - Da Bears Brothers - Listen as Da Bears Brothers instantly react to (and analyze) the Bears' fourth-round pick, Joel Iyiegbuniwe. How will he fit in Vic Fangio's defense and why should you expect him to be a special teams stud?

Bilal Nichols: Instant Analysis of the Chicago Bears' 2018 Fifth-Round Pick - Da Bears Brothers - Listen as Da Bears Brothers instantly react to (and analyze) the Chicago's fifth-round pick, Bilal Nichols. What are the Bears getting in the defensive tackle?

Kylie Fitts: Instant Analysis of the Chicago Bears' 2018 Sixth-Round Pick - Da Bears Brothers - Listen as Da Bears Brothers instantly break down the Kylie Fitts pick. The guys analyzed how the pass rusher out of Utah will fit in the defense, why you should be excited about his potential, and much more.

Javon Wims: Instant Analysis of the Chicago Bears' 2018 Seventh-Round Pick - Da Bears Brothers - Listen as Da Bears Brothers react to (and analyze) the Bears' final pick of the 2018 NFL Draft, Javon Wims. The guys discuss his strengths (and weaknesses), how he projects to the pros, and what you should expect from him.

Stankevitz: Why one of the biggest 'problems' with Roquan Smith might not be a problem at all - NBC Sports Chicago - Roquan Smith carried the label of being undersized at 6-foot-1, 236 pounds. But that doesn't make him much smaller than any of his inside linebacking peers in the NFL.

Stankevitz: Exuding confidence, Anthony Miller will bring his 'Memphis Grind' to Bears - NBC Sports Chicago - Anthony Miller has drawn comparisons to Antonio Brown and Steve Smith, but wants to be someone after whom others model their game.

Strotman: Here are all the players the Bears selected in the 2018 NFL Draft - NBC Sports Chicago - We are tracking the Bears' selections on Day 3 of the NFL Draft, beginning with Western Kentucky OLB Joel Iyiegbuniwe.

Stankevitz: The Bears had a 'great' draft, but what does that mean for the 2018 season? - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears' 2018 draft selections were roundly praised around the NFL, but does that actually mean anything for their chances of being competitive later this year?

Stankevitz: Grading the Bears’ draft - Ryan Pace walks fine line between building around Trubisky, helping ‘D’ - NBC Sports Chicago - Ryan Pace walked a fine line between building around Mitch Trubisky and adding to Vic Fangio's defense in the 2018 NFL Draft. So how did he do?

LeGere: Chicago Bears add LB depth with 4th-rounder Joel Iyiegbuniwe - Pro Football Weekly - Future doctor led Western Kentucky in tackles

LeGere: Chicago Bears dip into FCS ranks for Delaware DL Nichols - Pro Football Weekly - 5th-rounder gets the call from Bears coach Nagy, a fellow Blue Hen

LeGere: Chicago Bears have a 6th-round steal in Fitts -- if he stays healthy - Pro Football Weekly - Injury-prone Utah DE will convert to OLB in Bears' 3-4 scheme

LeGere: Chicago Bears go back to Georgia for WR Wims in Round 7 - Pro Football Weekly - Bears tab Bulldogs for first and last draft picks

LeGere: On Day 3, Chicago Bears double down at ILB, WR and add edge rusher - Pro Football Weekly - Utah 6th-rounder Kylie Fitts could bring Bears needed pass-rush boost

Hub Arkush: After scoring big early, Chicago Bears close draft with head-scratching Day 3 - Pro Football Weekly - Close to draft left some hoping for more from Bears

Perez: Instant analysis of Bears drafting Joel Iyiegbuniwe in Round 4 - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears threw a curveball in the fourth round of the 2018 NFL Draft with the selection of Western Kentucky LB Joel Iyiegbuniwe

Mayer: Kiper lauds Bears as 'Day 2 winner' - - ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr. lists the Bears as his top “Day 2 winner” in the draft after they selected Iowa guard/center James Daniels and Memphis receiver Anthony Miller in the second round.

Bears select Iyiegbuniwe in Round 4 -
The Bears addressed their defense in the fourth round of the draft Saturday by selecting Western Kentucky linebacker Joel Iyiegbuniwe with the 115th overall pick.

Bears choose Nichols in fifth round - - The Bears bolstered their defensive line in the fifth round of the draft Saturday by choosing Delaware defensive tackle Bilal Nichols with the 145th overall pick.

Bears pick Kylie Fitts in sixth round - - The Bears continued to address their defense on the third day of the draft Saturday, choosing Utah edge rusher Kylie Fitts with the 181st pick in the sixth round.

Bears nab Javon Wims in seventh round - - The Bears spent their final pick in the 2018 draft on Georgia receiver Javon Wims, selecting the 6-3, 215-pounder with the 224th choice in the seventh round.

Mayer: Pace vows 'we're never going to be satisfied' - - The Bears have been widely praised for the improvements they've made this offseason, first in free agency and now in the draft. But general manager Ryan Pace isn't going to stop trying to improve the roster.

Hughes: The 2018 Chicago Bears Draft Class - Da Bears Blog - Here are the newest members of the Chicago Bears with a quick blurb from yours truly.

Dickerson: Chicago Bears' 2018 draft: Analysis for every selection - ESPN - Here's what you need to know about all the Bears' picks in the 2018 NFL draft.

Eurich: Psychic predicted at Combine the Bears would draft James Daniels - 247Sports - A psychic predicted James Daniels would go to the Chicago Bears.

Eurich: Bears won't try to strip Anthony Miller's personality from him - 247Sports - Anthony Miller has some swagger and the Chicago Bears are more than okay with that.

Eurich: Recapping the Bears 2018 NFL Draft Class - 247Sports - The Chicago Bears had plenty of needs and GM Ryan Pace did his best to address as many as he could.

Bears pick Western Kentucky linebacker Joel Iyiegbuniwe in 4th round | WGN-TV - His name is hard to pronounce, but it's easy to see why the Bears drafted Joel Iyiegbuniwe to start Day 3. Because we know you were wondering... IYIEGBUNIWE is pronounced: Ee-Yay-Boo-Nee-Way


Sunderbruch: The Anthony Miller Trade Makes Sense - Windy City Gridiron - Ryan Pace made a trade, as we all knew he would. This trade made a lot of sense for both teams.

Zeglinski: Chicago Bears’ remaining picks and needs on Day 3 - Windy City Gridiron - One last day of the draft, one last opportunity for the Bears to fill their holes. Here’s what else they can do.

Zeglinski: Chicago Bears draft Joel Iyiegbuniwe at No. 115 overall - Windy City Gridiron - Ryan Pace pulled a rabbit out of the hat with the pick of Iyiegbuniwe, as Chicago looks to set it’s inside linebacking future.

Infante: Bears select Bilal Nichols at No. 145 overall - Windy City Gridiron - Bilal Nichols will have the chance to compete for a starting spot alongside Akiem Hicks.

Zeglinski: Chicago Bears draft Kylie Fitts at No. 181 overall - Windy City Gridiron - Finally, mercifully, an edge rusher!

Zeglinski: A new rivalry? Chicago Bears take a jab at Rams’ Jared Goff - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears’ Twitter account had a little fun with Kylie Fitts and the Rams on Saturday afternoon.

Infante: Chicago Bears select Javon Wims at No. 224 overall - Windy City Gridiron - Wims joins an already revamped group of Bears wide receivers.

Zeglinski: The complete 2018 Chicago Bears’ Draft class - Windy City Gridiron - Chicago got the perfect mix of immediate impact and high upside players in Ryan Pace’s fourth draft. The full list of new talent.

Zeglinski & Snyder: Chicago Bears UDFA tracker (Updates!) - Windy City Gridiron - The madness of the draft is over, but there’s still talent unsigned us. Keep it with us here as the Bears look to fill out their roster over the coming days.


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