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The Bear’s Den, April 20, 2020

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It’s (virtual) Draft Week this week. Do the Bears stand pat? Tade up? Trade down? We will soon find out!

NFL: APR 27 2018 NFL Draft Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

This week we transition from Notorious Earworm songs to Bass Masters... so here we have it, from earworm to the greatest bass players and performances proving (both ways) it’s all about that bass (without the horrible earworm version of that phrase!).

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

BEARRRSSSS

Chicago Bears NFL Draft 2020: The Tight Ends - SI.com - With the Bears’ need for a tight end now far more pressing after cutting Trey Burton, logic only dictates it be one of the more highly regarded players in this NFL Draft.

Chicago Bears NFL Draft 2020: The Offensive Line - SI.com - The Bears are leaning heavily on new offensive line coach Juan Castillo in their attempt to revive their blocking for the run as well as the pass.

Cutting Trey Burton Leaves Bears Needing a Tight End in NFL Draft - SI.com - Bear Digest is a Sports Illustrated channel featuring Gene Chamberlain to bring you the latest News, Highlights, Analysis, Draft, Free Agency surrounding the Chicago Bears. Ken’s Note: If Trey Burton was supposed to be the 2020 “main TE weapon” for the Bears then God help us all. They didn’t create “a hole” by cutting him except perhaps one less guy taking therapy in the training room.

Bears chose Butkus, Sayers back-to-back in ‘65 - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer ranks the Bears’ 1965 draft as the second best in team history. It featured Hall of Famers Dick Butkus and Gale Sayers, who were selected with the third and fourth picks in the first round.

Joniak: Memories Of 2010 Bears’ Divisional Round Win - 670 The Score - Over each of the next five Sundays, 670 The Score will air the rebroadcast of memorable Bears wins. This Sunday at noon, you will hear the Bears’ 35-24 win against the Seahawks at Soldier Field in the divisional round of the playoffs on Jan. 16, 2011.

With the NFL draft staying home, what could go wrong? Let’s find out! - Chicago Sun-Times - For the Bears and others, the coronavirus means that the draft will be at the mercy of their WiFi connections.

In win-now mode, does Ryan Pace dare draft for the future? - Chicago Sun-Times - Bears GM figures to use second-round picks to fill some holes — tight end, guard, safety, cornerback, wide receiver. But drafting with the long-term in mind — even QB or OT — isn’t out of the question.

NFL Draft: Bears take quarterback in Round 2? - Chicago Sun-Times - Your weekly home for Sun-Times sports polls on Twitter cuts to the heart of that matter and a couple of others — on the Blackhawks and Cubs — that are, admittedly, less pressing, though no less fun to think about.

The biggest questions the Bears are facing with their 7 draft selections - Chicago Sun-Times - General manager Ryan Pace’s offseason moves all point to making a playoff push in 2020.

Chicago Bears: 5 NFL draft positions of need - Chicago Tribune - The Bears have needs at cornerback, offensive line, wide receiver, safety and tight end. Here are some of their second-round options.

NFL Draft: Ryan Pace’s 10 worst picks as Bears’ general manager | NBC Sports Chicago - Slideshow warning: Ryan Pace has had plenty of hits in the NFL Draft, like Eddie Jackson and Cody Whitehair, but also has had some misses. Is David Montgomery one of them? Ken’s Note: When the first three picks all say that they are unfair to either Pace or the player, then this list is pretty darned suspect. Besides, judging a player after their rookie year is ridiculous.

Cutting Trey Burton doesn’t solve Bears’ glaring issue at tight end - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears were going to enter the 2020 season with glaring questions at tight end, no matter if Trey Burton was on the roster or not.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Jaguars have had trade discussions about Leonard Fournette - ProFootballTalk - Leonard Fournette may be on the way out of Jacksonville.

Team fits for Jameis Winston; Panthers smart to pay McCaffrey? - NFL.com - With Jameis Winston still on the market, Bucky Brooks identifies three teams that would be a good fit for the free agent. Plus, did the Panthers make the right call on Christian McCaffrey, and which WR prospect is on the rise?

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Lions expect to sign only a "handful" of undrafted free agents - ProFootballTalk - Many believe that the land rush for undrafted free agents will be more chaotic and nutty than ever. While that may be the case for 31 of the teams, one franchise doesn’t expect to do much when it comes to signing players who aren’t selected.

What was the best Packers team that did not win an NFL title? - Acme Packing Company - There have been several options in recent years, and a few looking farther back. But which was the best?

ESPN: Vikings “primed to move back” in 2020 NFL Draft - Daily Norseman - They could get some volume if things fall correctly

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: Chicago Bears 7-round All Defense Mock Draft - Windy City Gridiron - Time for another "Theme" mock draft for the Chicago Bears, and this time it’s all about the defense.

Wiltfong: Grading Ryan Pace’s Seventh Round Draft Picks - Windy City Gridiron - In this seven-part series we’re asking you guys to grade each round of Ryan Pace’s drafts through the years.

Zeglinski & Co: Familiarity with WCG - This land is your land - Windy City Gridiron - Benevolent leaders have but a few asks of their citizens.

Wiltfong: Daniel Jeremiah on Chicago drafting a quarterback and other Bears related draft nuggets - Windy City Gridiron - We check in on the Daniel Jeremiah press conference to see what he had to say about the Bears and the NFL Draft.

Wiltfong: Grading Ryan Pace’s Sixth Round Draft Picks - Windy City Gridiron - In this seven-part series we’re asking you guys to grade each round of Ryan Pace’s drafts through the years.

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