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The Bear’s Den, April 29, 2019

Fallout from the draft and UDFA continues as we learn more about the new Chicago Bears

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Sugrue: Ryan Pace says selecting Riley Ridley was a ‘no-brainer’ - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears GM Ryan Pace said the selection of Georgia WR Riley Ridley in the fourth round was a no-brainer.

Barbieri: Matt Nagy on David Montgomery: ‘He’s everything we were looking for’ - USA Today - Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy said RB David Montgomery is everything the team was looking for at the position

Video: Nagy and Pace recap Bears 2019 Draft - - Head Coach Matt Nagy and General Manager Ryan Pace address the media at Halas Hall after the 2019 NFL Draft.

Medina: Meet Stephen Denmark, the Chicago Bears’ Seventh-Round Small-School Cornerback With Big Size - Bleacher Nation - The Bears could have gone in any number of directions with their final pick of the 2019 NFL Draft. Tight ends, safeties, kickers, edge rushers, inside linebackers, and others were available for the taking. Instead, Chicago double-dipped at cornerback and selected Stephen Denmark, an obscure prospect from a small school with big-time speed and a huge frame. Let’s check him out!

Medina: Meet Kerrith Whyte Jr., the OTHER Running Back Drafted By the Chicago Bears - Bleacher Nation - The Chicago Bears were destined to take a running back at some point during the 2019 NFL Draft. But to our surprise, the Bears ended up taking two.

Medina: Meet Cornerback Duke Shelley, the Chicago Bears’ Sixth-Round Pick - Bleacher Nation - After losing Bryce Callahan in free agency and with two of their three starting cornerbacks entering their age-30 seasons, we figured the Chicago Bears would be in the market to pick a player who could help in the secondary at some point over the weekend. What we didn’t know is that it would be Kansas State’s Duke Shelley.

Emma’s Bears Draft Recap: Quality, Depth Added To Roster - 670 The Score - The Bears finished their 2019 draft with five players selected.

2019 NFL Draft grades for all 32 teams - Pro Football Focus - Pro Football Focus hands out draft grades for all 32 teams after the 2019 NFL Draft.

Mark Potash: Analyzing the Bears’ 2019 draft class - Sun Times - They still have to be right about Montgomery, but even if he’s something between Kareem Hunt and Jordan Howard, it’s a boon for Nagy’s offense.

Patrick Finley: Analyzing the Bears’ 2019 draft class - Sun Times - The Chicago Sun-Times' Patrick Finley breaks down the Bears' five-man draft class and the work the team has left to do:

Arkush: Some players Chicago Bears really like will have to go - Daily Herald - The NFL draft completed, what are Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Pace and head coach Matt Nagy going to do with all of these guys?

Stankevitz: The Bears' pieces are in place, and now it's time for Mitch Trubisky to prove it - NBC Sports Chicago - After landing David Montgomery in the NFL Draft, it feels like the pieces are in place for the Bears' offense. And now, it's time for Mitch Trubisky to take it to the next level.

Under Center Podcast: How'd the Bears do in the draft? - NBC Sports Chicago - JJ Stankevitz, Cam Ellis and John "Moon" Mullin return to the Halas Hall coat closet to break down how the Bears did in the 2019 NFL Draft.

For Matt Nagy, rookie running back David Montgomery checks off all the boxes - NBC Sports Chicago - On the field and off it, Montgomery is a fit.


NFL estimates 600,000 attended the draft – ProFootballTalk - The NFL’s TV ratings possibly were down by two percent for the first night of the draft in Nashville possible because all those extra people were actually at the draft in Nashville.

49 of 144 early entries went undrafted – ProFootballTalk - It’s a tradition unlike any other, especially since it’s a tradition that could end in any given year. Via Max Olson of, 49 of 144 players who left college with remaining eligibility went undrafted in 2019.


2019 NFL Draft Grades: Minnesota Vikings draft grade roundup - Daily Norseman - It’s crazy, but here they are

2019 NFL Draft: Breaking down the Detroit Lions’ Day 3 picks - Pride Of Detroit - Now that the draft is concluded, let’s take a look at how day 3 shook out for the Lions.

2019 NFL Draft grades: Analyzing all 9 Detroit Lions picks - Pride Of Detroit - Serving out grades for the Detroit Lions 2019 NFL Draft class.


Wiltfong: Chicago Bears 2019 NFL Draft grades roundup - Windy City Gridiron - Technically speaking Khalil Mack and Anthony Miller were the Bears first two draft picks, but draft analysts seemed to like what the Bears did this weekend as evidenced by their grades.

Sunderbruch: Examining Draft Trade Value Charts - The NFL Still Doesn’t Care About Chase Stuart - Windy City Gridiron - Well, maybe the Vikings? But not really...

Leming: Way too early 2019 NFL Draft grades - Windy City Gridiron - The 2019 NFL draft is over and the priority undrafted free agent period has cooled down. So, now we go through the exercise of giving out way too early "grades" on players that have never touched an NFL field!


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