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The 2018 Draft is done, the UDFA madness is behind us, so... what’s next for the Bears?

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Potash: It's early, but acclaimed draft another good sign for Bears, GM Ryan Pace - Chicago Sun-Times - The almost-universal day-after acclaim for Pace’s 2018 draft is in itself a step forward for a team that has been so easy to bash.

Finley's Winners and losers: How the NFL Draft will affect the Bears' veteran players - Chicago Sun-Times - Here are the Bears’ winners and losers — veterans whose jobs are threatened or safer after the team drafted seven players.

Reyes: These NFL players should consider themselves to be on the clock - Chicago Sun-Times - Here’s a look at some experienced players who were put on notice by their teams' selections.

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: Matt Nagy and Ryan Pace's first draft together continues Bears' momentum - Chicago Tribune - Matt Nagy and Ryan Pace continued the Bears' offseason momentum by working together productively through their first draft.

Wiederer: With NFL draft complete, Bears coach Matt Nagy itching to take next steps - Chicago Tribune - Bears coach Matt Nagy and general manager Ryan emerged from this weekend's NFL draft thrilled with their new toys, a class that included Roquan Smith, James Daniels and Anthony Miller. Now it's up to the Bears to turn positive vibes into on-field success.

Rozner: For Bears' Pace, boring draft is healthy - Daily Herald - At least for three rounds of the draft, Bears GM Ryan Pace took a rather conventional approach, which is a good thing.

Stankevitz: A look at where the Bears’ depth chart stands after the NFL Draft - NBC Sports Chicago - How do the players the Bears drafted change the team's depth chart?

Mullin: How much better are the Bears? - NBC Sports Chicago - How much better are the Bears? John "Moon" Mullin shares his biggest takeaways from Ryan Pace's selections.

Perez: Grading all seven picks from the Bears in the 2018 NFL Draft - Bears Wire - Grades for every pick from the Chicago Bears 2018 NFL Draft. Warning, it's a stinking slideshow.

Eurich: Projected Bears defensive depth chart after the draft - 247Sports - The Chicago Bears defense is starting to take shape following the 2018 NFL Draft.

Eurich: Bears make the case for best offseason following 2018 NFL Draft - 247Sports - The Chicago Bears hype train is leaving the station... and there is still room for more.

Broome: Best and worst picks in NFC North from 2018 NFL Draft - 247Sports - The NFC North had one of the best hauls in the entire 2018 NFL Draft.

Eurich: Projecting contracts for Bears 2018 draft class - 247Sports - The estimated deals for the Chicago Bears rookie class is out.

Eurich: Bears land diamond in the rough in Kevin Toliver as UDFA - 247Sports - Kevin Toliver could end up being a steal for the Chicago Bears as an undrafted free agent.

Emma: Ryan Pace's Most Prudent Draft Fits For Building Bears - 670 The Score - The Bears drafted impact players and some late-round potential.

POLISH SAUSAGE

All 32 NFL team's 2018 NFL Draft grades | NFL Analysis - Pro Football Focus - Senior Analysts Steve Palazzolo and Sam Monson hand out their immediate takes from every pick, on every team of the 2018 NFL Draft.

Florio: Shaquem Griffin racks up endorsement deals – ProFootballTalk - Few fifth-round picks rack up endorsement deals. Few fifth-round picks are like Seahawks linebacker Shaquem Griffin. Griffin, one of the newest Seahawks, has landed a smattering of endorsements. Via Yahoo Sports, Griffin's corporate sponsors include Nike, Bose, and JC Penny. According to ESPN.

Report: Raiders making changes to personnel department as Gruden’s influence grows – ProFootballTalk - The Raiders are Jon Gruden's team, and with the draft behind him, Gruden can now focus more on shaping the personnel department his way. Alex Marvez of Sporting News reports that Gruden is making changes to the personnel department.

Alper: Texans make changes to personnel department – ProFootballTalk - When teams make a change at General Manager in January, they typically wait to make other changes to the personnel department so that they can have an operation in place for the draft. The Texans made such a G.M.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Glover's Stock Market Report: Draft - Daily Norseman - Let’s review who the Vikings took

Minnesota Vikings Draft Grades: Experts weigh in on 2018 class - Daily Norseman - How do they think the Vikings did?

Ludford: Thoughts on the Vikings Draft - Daily Norseman - Unusual, Difficult Draft for Vikings Going into this draft, the Vikings had starters at the vast majority of positions that are better than even the top prospects in this draft. QB, RB, WR, S,...

2018 NFL draft grades: Final report card for the Detroit Lions - Pride Of Detroit - Grades are fun and never wrong.

Lions 2018 draft: Why Detroit made each pick, in Bob Quinn’s own words - Pride Of Detroit - Quinn was very open with why he made the choices he made.

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