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The first round of the draft is over, with mixed early reactions for our NFC North rivals.

Wild Card Round - Philadelphia Eagles v Chicago Bears Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

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

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Mock Draft: Bears stick to best player available, wait to take a running back - NBC Sports Chicago - JJ Stankevitz takes a stab at who he thinks the Bears will take with their 2019 draft picks, starting with No. 87 in the third round.

No extra ’19 draft pressure on Bears GM Ryan Pace? Don’t believe it. - NBC Sports Chicago - There are no unimportant drafts, or seasons, for that matter.

After Further Review: Ryan Pace won the 2017 NFL draft - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears GM Ryan Pace has been somewhat vindicated after receiving much criticism following his trade for Trubisky in the 2017 Draft

Mayer: Your complete 2019 Bears draft primer - ChicagoBears.com - Check out everything you need to know about the NFC North champion Bears and the 2019 NFL Draft, which kicks off Thursday night and runs through Saturday in Nashville.

Mayer: Top fourth-round picks in Bears history - ChicagoBears.com - After only two NFL seasons, safety Eddie Jackson and running back Tarik Cohen are already among the best fourth-round draft picks in Bears history.

Medina: Ryan Pace Gave Adam Shaheen a Vote of Confidence, But the Bears Could Still Draft a TE This Weekend - Bleacher Nation - Even if the arrow is still pointing up for Adam Shaheen, the Bears could still take a tight end.

Medina: Finding Potential Bears Targets and Fits Among the NFL Draft’s Best Tight Ends - Bleacher Nation - The Bears could use a physically imposing tight end to a group that has struggled to find consistency.

POLISH SAUSAGE

49ers say Solomon Thomas, Robbie Gould aren’t going anywhere – ProFootballTalk - The 49ers took Nick Bosa with the second overall pick on Thursday night and that marks four times in the last five years that they’ve taken a defensive lineman in the first round of the draft.

Oakland Raiders select Clelin Ferrell at No. 4 overall - NFL.com - The Raiders did not disappoint Thursday night. Oakland drafted Clemson’s Clelin Ferrell at No. 4 overall in the 2019 NFL Draft. Ken’s Note: Jon Gruden is an idiot.

2019 NFL Draft: Daniel Jeremiah’s pick-by-pick analysis for Round 1 - NFL.com - Daniel Jeremiah breaks down every selection in the 2019 NFL Draft, from the predictable picks to the unexpected trades. Follow along below as we update live!

O’Donnell: ABC/ESPN driving tribalism with mammoth coverage of NFL draft - Daily Herald - Jim O’Donnell says if you like gross overkill, you’ll love TV coverage of the NFL draft.

KNOW THY ENEMY

2019 NFL Draft: Detroit Lions select TE T.J. Hockenson 8th overall - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions went tight end.

NFL Draft rumors: Detroit Lions declined trade down offers to select T.J. Hockenson - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions could’ve traded down, but they chose not to.

NFL Draft analysis: The Detroit Lions select T.J. Hockenson - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions boost their offense in the first round.

Packers draft EDGE Rashan Gary with 12th overall pick in 2019 NFL Draft - Acme Packing Company - The Packers are bolstering their front seven with a high-ceiling project.

Rashan Gary has potential, but will it be enough with the Packers? - SBNation.com - Retired defensive end Stephen White isn’t completely down on Gary’s NFL prospects, even though he was frustratingly inconsistent at Michigan.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: With the 24th pick of the 2019 NFL Draft, the Chicago Bears select Khalil Mack - Windy City Gridiron - Chicago Bears’ fans, the 2019 NFL Draft is off and running, and we didn’t want you guys to feel left out of the hope fans get when adding new players, so remember this guy?

Wiltfong: NFL reveals that Charles Tillman will announce the Bears 2nd-round pick - Windy City Gridiron - Say what? The NFL just sent out their updated list of legends and active players that will help spice up the NFL Draft by announcing the picks in the second and third rounds. We’ve known about Olin...

Chicago Bears 2019 Season Predictions: 4th 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 predictions for the 4th quarter!

Wiltfong's Chicago Bears 7 Round mock draft: Running back only as UDFA version - Windy City Gridiron - In Lester’s last mock draft, he’s staying away from running backs to see the pool of available undrafted free agents at the position.

WCG Writer Scouting Report Big Board - Windy City Gridiron - We’ve found scouting reports for the entire WCG staff and ranked them accordingly big board style to ensure we’re ready for the draft.

Wiltfong: With the 24th pick of the 2019 NFL Draft, the Chicago Bears select Khalil Mack - Windy City Gridiron - Chicago Bears’ fans, the 2019 NFL Draft is off and running, and we didn’t want you guys to feel left out of the hope fans get when adding new players, so remember this guy?

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