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The 2019 Draft is done, and UDFA madness has come and gone, there are a bunch of new Bears to learn about

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

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Bernstein: Bears Draft, And The Fine Line Between Stability And Crisis - 670 The Score - Whatever the Bears do this weekend, it will be tough to second-guess.

Emma: Bears Draft FAU RB Kerrith Whyte Jr. In 7th Round - 670 The Score - The Bears have a pair of picks in the seventh round.

Emma: Bears Select K-State CB Duke Shelley In 6th Round - 670 The Score - Shelley was a four-year starter at Kansas State.

Emma: Bears Select Georgia WR Riley Ridley in 4th Round - 670 The Score - Ridley posted 44 receptions for 570 yards and nine touchdowns in 2018.

Riley Ridley: Instant Analysis of the Chicago Bears’ 2019 Fourth-Round Pick - Chicago Audible Podcast - In this episode, the guys share their initial reaction to the Bears fourth-round pick WR Riley Ridley out of Georgia.

David Montgomery: Instant Analysis of the Chicago Bears’ 2019 Third-Round Pick - Chicago Audible Podcast - In this episode, the guys share their initial reaction to the Bears third-round pick RB David Montgomery out of Iowa State.

Letizia: Chicago Bears Trade Up, Draft RB David Montgomery at No. 73 - Chicago Audible Blog - Ryan Pace again proves that he is one of the most aggressive GM's in football, trading up to pick No. 73 to draft Iowa State running back David Montgomery.

Stankevitz: What drafting Georgia WR Riley Ridley proves about the 2019 Bears - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears didn't "need" Riley Ridley. But that doesn't mean taking the Georgia receiver was a bad pick.

Ellis: Bears wrap up relatively quiet 2019 NFL draft with an emphasis on getting faster - NBC Sports Chicago - Rolling the dice on athleticism in the latter rounds never hurts.

Ellis: “Athens North” continues to grow as the Bears draft Georgia Wide Receiver Riley Ridley - NBC Sports Chicago - The recent love affair between UGA and the Bears continues.

Stebbins: NFL Network analyst full of praise for Bears fourth round draft pick Riley Ridley - NBC Sports Chicago - One NFL Draft analyst is very high on the Bears fourth round draft pick Riley Ridley.

Fans and analysts agree: Bears got a steal in Georgia wide recevier Riley Ridley - NBC Sports Chicago - The overwhelming sentiment on Twitter was that the Bears got a steal in Georgia wide receiver Riley Ridley.

Stankevitz: Why David Montgomery looks like a perfect fit in the Bears' offense - NBC Sports Chicago - David Montgomery looks like he perfectly fits the kind of running back Matt Nagy said he wanted two months ago at the NFL Combine.

Finally, There's a Kicker! Bears to Sign Undrafted Free Agent John Baron II - Bleacher Nation - John Baron II is a left-footed kicker with a big leg and a knack for nailing some clutch field goals.

Mayer: Bears pick CB Denmark in seventh round - ChicagoBears.com - With their fifth and final selection in the NFL Draft, the Bears on Saturday chose Valdosta State cornerback Stephen Denmark with the No. 238 pick in the seventh round.

Mayer: Bears pick RB Kerrith Whyte in Round 7 - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears on Saturday selected Florida Atlantic running back/kick returner Kerrith Whyte Jr. with the No. 222 pick in the seventh round of the NFL Draft.

Mayer: Bears draft CB Duke Shelley in sixth round - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears on Saturday chose Kansas State cornerback Duke Shelley with the No. 205 pick in the sixth round of the NFL Draft. Shelly was a four-year starter in college.

Mayer: Bears draft receiver Ridley in fourth round - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears on Saturday selected Georgia receiver Riley Ridley with the No. 126 pick in the fourth round of the NFL Draft. He is the younger brother of Falcons wideout Calvin Ridley.

Chalk talk: What’s furthest Pace traded up? - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses the furthest general manager Ryan Pace has traded up to draft a player, if this year was the latest the Bears waited to make their first draft pick and the Bears’ connection with the Patriots.

Mayer: Ridley appreciates Bears’ family atmosphere - ChicagoBears.com - Already proud to be part of one football family, Bears fourth-round receiver Riley Ridley—the younger brother of Falcons wideout Calvin Ridley—is ecstatic about joining another in Chicago.

Pace sees Montgomery as ideal fit for Bears - ChicagoBears.com - After trading up to select David Montgomery in the third round of the draft, Bears general manager Ryan Pace described the running back as a perfect fit for the offense and the team’s winning culture.

Mayer: Montgomery grateful, blessed to join Bears - ChicagoBears.com - Watching the NFL Draft with more than 20 relatives and friends in Cincinnati, Iowa State running back David Montgomery was ecstatic when the Bears traded up to pick him in the third round.

Kerrith Whyte & Stephen Denmark: Instant Analysis of the Chicago Bears’ 2019 Seventh-Round Picks - Chicago Audible Podcast - In this episode, the guys share their initial reaction to the Bears seventh-round picks RB Kerrith Whyte and CB Stephen Denmark.

Duke Shelley: Instant Analysis of the Chicago Bears’ 2019 Sixth-Round Pick - Chicago Audible Podcast - In this episode, the guys share their initial reaction to the Bears sixth-round pick CB Duke Shelley out of Kansas State.

Potash: Valdosta CB Stephen Denmark (6-3, 220) 'a very interesting, intriguing prospect' - Sun Times - Operating from a position of strength like never before, Bears general manager Ryan Pace was able to take some chances

Finley: A pick-by-pick look at the Bears' choices - Sun Times - A capsule look at the Bears' five draft picks:

Potash: Matt Nagy's wheels already turning with addition of David Montgomery - Sun Times - In fact, that’s just what the Bears were looking for when they traded Jordan Howard — a back who runs like Kareem Hunt and acts like David Montgomery.

Finley: Bears add 4th kicker and vow 'we're gonna get this thing right' - Sun Times
The Bears didn’t draft a kicker Saturday — though, Ryan Pace maintains, they could have had the draft board broken a certain way.

Finley: Bears draft Valdosta State CB Stephen Denmark in Round 7 - Sun Times - The Bears won't draft a kicker after all.

Finley: Bears draft FAU RB Kerrith Whyte in Round 7 - Sun Times - At No. 222 overall, he was the first of the Bears' two seventh-round picks Saturday.

Finley: Bears draft Kansas State CB Duke Shelley in 6th round - Sun Times - Duke Shelley was a four-year starter for the Wildcats who tore a ligament in his big toe Oct. 13

Finley: Bears draft Georgia WR Riley Ridley — Calvin's brother — in Round 4 - Sun Times - Last year, Ridley caught 43 passes for 559 yards and nine touchdowns.

Mayer: Nagy ecstatic Bears drafted Montgomery - ChicagoBears.com - Coach Matt Nagy is thrilled that the Bears traded up to draft David Montgomery and can’t wait for the running back from Iowa State to arrive at Halas Hall for next weekend’s rookie mini-camp.

Lambert: A Full List of Bears Undrafted Free Agents and What They Offer - Sports Mockery - The list of Chicago Bears undrafted free agents to this point is far more extensive than usual. So here’s a quick recap of who they’re getting.

Emanuel Hall’s speed makes him a potentially deadly WR for the Bears - SBNation.com - The Mizzou product has one main trick, but it’s a hell of a trick.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Chiefs owner ‘deeply disturbed’ by Tyreek Hill audio - NFL.com - Chiefs owner Clark Hunt said he was “deeply disturbed” by audio of Tyreek Hill discussing injuries to his 3-year-old son but declined to elaborate on the case citing an ongoing criminal investigation.

NFL Draft results: 8 winners and 6 losers from the 2nd and 3rd rounds - SBNation.com - Who needs the benefit of hindsight? Not us.

KNOW THY ENEMY

2019 Detroit Lions UDFA Tracker - Pride Of Detroit - Your one-stop shop for all UDFA rumors regarding the Detroit Lions in 2019.

2019 NFL Draft results: Meet the Detroit Lions’ draft class - Pride Of Detroit - A look at all nine of the Detroit Lions’ 2019 draft picks.

Minnesota Vikings 2019 NFL Draft: All the picks, all the trades - Daily Norseman - All of the best coverage of the Minnesota Vikings’ 2019 NFL Draft in one place

2019 Minnesota Vikings Undrafted Free Agency Tracker - Daily Norseman - The post-draft signing frenzy begins!

Packers Undrafted Free Agency Tracker: News & signings after the 2019 NFL Draft - Acme Packing Company - Keep track of all the Packers’ reported undrafted signings and workout invites here.

Packers’ 2019 NFL Draft picks’ workout results are a testament to pure athletic ability - Acme Packing Company - It’s a crazy set of workout results for the eight picks in this year’s class.

Caleb Wilson is this year’s Mr. Irrelevant – ProFootballTalk - The Cardinals had the first pick of the 2019 NFL Draft and they also had the last one. Arizona used the 254th and final pick of this year's draft to select tight end Caleb Wilson.

In many cases, it’s better to not be drafted – ProFootballTalk - Bad news, you weren't drafted. Good news. You weren't drafted. With the NFL doing such a great job of marketing the draft, players have become brainwashed to believe that getting drafted or not getting drafted represents the ultimate moratorium on their football careers. But that's not the case.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Snyder & Berckes: 2019 Draft Quick Reaction Special - Windy City Gridiron - Takes so fresh they’ll melt in your hands...

Wiltfong, Snyder & Householder: Chicago Bears Undrafted free Agent Tracker - Windy City Gridiron - Now the real fun begins for the Chicago Bears...

Zeglinski: Chicago Bears draft Stephen Denmark at No. 238 overall - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears cap their latest draft class with a secondary project.

Zeglinski: Chicago Bears draft Kerrith Whyte, Jr. at No. 222 overall - Windy City Gridiron - Speed is the name of the game as the Bears add a blazer to their offensive stable.

Zeglinski: Chicago Bears draft Duke Shelley at No. 205 overall - Windy City Gridiron - After piling up their offensive future, the Bears add a feisty developmental cornerback.

Zeglinski: Chicago Bears draft Riley Ridley at No. 126 overall. - Windy City Gridiron - Chicago continues to add to their playmaking arsenal with the younger Ridley brother.

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