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It’s draft day! Perhaps not for us, but it’s still one of the most interesting days on the NFL calendar...

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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

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Bernstein: Exclusive NFL Draft Scouting Reports You Have To See - 670 The Score - Looking at some prospects flying under the radar. Like, way under it.

Akiem Hicks On Winning Bears’ Piccolo Award: ‘Special Moment’ - 670 The Score - The Bears honored Hicks as part of a ceremony on Tuesday.

Mayer: Undrafted rookies a key part of draft prep - ChicagoBears.com - With only five picks in this week’s NFL Draft, the Bears could sign 18-to-20 undrafted rookies. “We spend a lot of work on that, making sure we nail that area as well,” said general manager Ryan Pace.

Mayer: Pace ‘feels really good’ about Bears backs - ChicagoBears.com - General manager Ryan Pace believes that the Bears possess “a good variety of running backs” and free-agent addition Mike Davis “brings a unique skillset that fits that room.”

Mayer: Bears should have chance to land top talent - ChicagoBears.com - Pro Bowl defensive tackle Akiem Hicks, who was chosen by the Saints with the 89th pick in 2012, is the type of player who could be available when the Bears make their first pick in this year’s draft at No. 87.

Medina: Finding Potential Bears Targets and Fits Among the NFL Draft’s Best Safeties - Bleacher Nation - Eddie Jackson was football’s best safety in 2018, but the Bears could look to team him with someone younger in the future.

Draft Prospect: Gary Johnson, LB/SS, Texas - Da Bears Blog - I watch college football. Sometimes I see a guy who makes me go, “Oh he’s interesting.” I make a note in my phone. I share those fellas with you. Make sense?

PFT’s 2019 mock draft – ProFootballTalk - Once upon a time, we published multiple versions of a mock draft. Postseason. Pre-Combine. Post-Combine. Pre-free agency. Post-free agency. Pre-Pro Day workouts. Post-Pro Day workouts. Pre-Easter. Post-Easter. Pre-Draft. Post-Draft (that one is usually features my highest accuracy rate).

Potash: Bears GM Ryan Pace happy with his RBs, but likely to draft one early anyway - Chicago Sun-Times - In fact, in the last five seasons alone, there have been five running backs available at No. 87 that have made the Pro Bowl.

Morrissey: Thank you to Robbie Gould for making the Bears' draft interesting - Sun Times - We turn our eyes to the faint possibility that they'll acquire the kicker, who has asked the 49ers to trade him to a team closer to his wife and kids.

49ers Won't Trade Robbie Gould Despite Request, Report Says - NBC Chicago - San Francisco 49ers kicker Robbie Gould made waves when he requested a trade from the team, but Chicago Bears fans may not want to celebrate just yet.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Prosecutors “believe that a crime occurred” against Tyreek Hill’s son – ProFootballTalk - The Johnson County, Kansas, district attorney has investigated a pair of incidents involving the son of Chiefs receiver Tyreek Hill. The authorities announced on Wednesday that charges will not be filed against Hill or the boy’s mother, Crystal Espinal.

Before Roger Goodell, Tyreek Hill’s Fifth Amendment rights won’t save him – ProFootballTalk - Chiefs receiver Tyreek Hill won’t be prosecuted for hurting his three-year-old child, even though prosecutors believe someone hurt Hill’s three-year-old child.

KNOW THY ENEMY

The Detroit Lions should trade for Denver Broncos CB Chris Harris - Pride Of Detroit - The corner may be on the trading block.

Detroit Lions roster depth: Slot receiver a big need after Golden Tate trade - Pride Of Detroit - How does the Lions depth chart shape up at wide receiver, and how would things unfold if they lost a star player?

NFL Draft team needs: Detroit Lions entering draft with 2 primary holes - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions’ don’t have a ton of pressing needs, but two stand out.

Brian Robison signs a one day contract and retires as a member of the Vikings - Daily Norseman - One of the all time great Vikings has called it a career.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Infante's Final 2019 NFL mock draft: Last-minute predictions for the Bears’ picks - Windy City Gridiron - With the NFL Draft just one day away, why not take another stab and what the Bears might do this year?

Sunderbruch: WCG Confidence Board 2.0 - Windy City Gridiron - Who will the Chicago Bears have available to them in Round 3, and should they draft for need, for value, or simply for overall talent?

Chicago Bears 2019 Season Predictions: 3rd quarter - Windy City Gridiron - We’re going to predict the Chicago Bears 2019 record in each quarter of the season in this week’s WCG roundtable discussion! Here are our 3rd quarter picks...

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