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The Bear’s Den, April 23, 2020

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The 2020 NFL Draft opens today, and with the 19th overall pick, the Bears select Khalil Mack, Edge, Buffalo.

NFL: APR 27 Bears Roquan Smith Press Conference Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

This week we are on to Bass Master... who knows, there are so many greats this may end up being a multi-week thing... today’s Bass Master is John Entwistle...

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

BEARRRSSSS

Wood: Where is the Positional Value for the Chicago Bears in the 2020 Draft? (Part Two) - Da Bears Blog - Yesterday I looked at top 50 prospects and found there is likely to be excellent value at WR, with solid value expected at DB, OT, and QB. Today, I want to look at the top 175 prospects to roughly fall in line with the Bears’ 3rd pick, which is 163.

Trubisky Recalls Surprise Of His Bears Draft Selection - 670 The Score - The Bears did not call Trubisky to inform him of their draft choice.

Former Bears TE Trey Burton To Sign With Colts - 670 The Score - Former Bears tight end Trey Burton will sign with the Colts, his agency Enter Sports Management said Wednesday. He will sign a one-year deal, NFL Media reported.

NFL Draft: What You Need To Know - 670 The Score - As our country craves some semblance of normalcy and sports, the NFL Draft is almost here. Here’s how to watch, listen and follow it as well as a one-stop shop for our 670 The Score preview content.

Allen Robinson On Extension: ‘Possibility Of Getting Done’ - 670 The Score - Bears receiver Allen Robinson is entering the final season of his three-year contract that signed he signed in March 2018, and his future is unclear beyond 2020.

Second round has produced Bears superstars - ChicagoBears.com - Some of the best players in Bears history arrived as second-round picks, a list highlighted by Hall of Fame middle linebackers Bill George and Mike Singletary and record-breaking return specialist Devin Hester.

Chicago Bears saw Mike Brown as a smart, impact playmaker when they drafted him in 2000 - ChicagoBears.com - When the Bears selected Nebraska safety Mike Brown in the second round of the 2000 NFL Draft, they viewed him as an ultra-productive college player with a very high football IQ who would upgrade their defense.

Should the Chicago Bears draft a quarterback in 2020? - Chicago Tribune - The Bears head into the NFL draft looking to make upgrades at key positions. But before Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy make their selections, our team of Bears writers weighs in on four timely topics.

Moreano’s 2020 Chicago Bears Mock Draft 3.0 - Chicago Audible - With only one day before the 2020 NFL Draft kicks off, Nicholas Moreano tries his best to predict each of the Chicago Bears' picks.

NFL Draft 2020: 10 observations about the Bears’ virtual war room setup - NBC Sports Chicago - How many screens is too many screens?

NFL Draft 2020: Hoge’s Bears Mock Draft 3.0 - NBC Sports Chicago - Slideshow Warning! The NFL Draft is finally here. With free agency behind us, we have a much better idea of the Bears’ needs and more information on who should be available when they pick in the second round.

Why Bears will win Khalil Mack trade on Day 2 of 2020 NFL Draft - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears are a day away from not participating in the first round of the NFL Draft. Again. But they can still find an immediate starter with a later pick.

Kyle Long takes some blame for Bears' 'double doink' loss to the Eagles - NBC Sports Chicago - Kyle Long is taking some of the blame for the Bears 2018 playoff loss against the Eagles that ended with the “double doink.”

Prince Amukamara weighs in on Mitch Trubisky-Nick Foles Bears QB competition - NBC Sports Chicago - The corner spoke about the QB battle on the 'Beared Down' podcast.

Pace shares thoughts on important Bears issues - ChicagoBears.com - During his pre-draft video conference call with the media, Bears general manager Ryan Pace discussed the release of tight end Trey Burton, competition at kicker and other key topics.

Draft-A-Thon to benefit COVID-19 relief funds - ChicagoBears.com - The NFL will conduct a “Draft-A-Thon” during all three days of the draft, paying tribute to healthcare workers and first responders and raising money for COVID-19 relief efforts.

Chicago Bears announce jersey numbers for players acquired in 2020 - ChicagoBears.com - The 12 players the Bears have acquired this offseason have been assigned jersey numbers. Check out the digits they’ll wear this season right here.

Tom Brady AND Rob Gronkowski not in Bears unis? Terrific. - Chicago Sun-Times - A certain team really could have used a future Hall of Fame quarterback and a future Hall of Fame tight end for the 2020 season. Ken’s None: No, we don’t, Rick. We really, really don’t need to whine about it. Well you do apparently, but then again whine is your natural voice so... there’s that...

Quick pickup: Colts sign TE Trey Burton days after Bears dump him - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears took a $7.5 million dead salary-cap hit to cut Burton last week and will pay most of his 2020 salary while he plays for another team.

What jersey number will Bears QB Nick Foles wear this year? - Chicago Sun-Times - Quarterback Nick Foles is getting his old number with his new team.

Colts signing ex-Bears TE Trey Burton to 1-year deal - NFL.com - It didn’t take Trey Burton long to find a new home. Less than a week after being cut by the Bears, the veteran tight end has agreed to terms with the Colts, reuniting him with Frank Reich.

POLISH SAUSAGE

NFLPA acknowledges lack of force majeure clause in CBA - ProFootballTalk - There are plenty of aspects of the Collective Bargaining Agreement that benefit the NFL. There is one provision, or lack thereof, that could significantly benefit the NFL Players Association in the event that there’s no football season in 2020.

Trey Burton agrees to terms with Colts - ProFootballTalk - Tight end Trey Burton didn’t need long to find a new team.

PFT's one, and only, 2020 mock draft - ProFootballTalk - Mock drafts are like opinions, @$*holes, and corpse lilies. Everybody has one (except the corpse lily), and they all stink.

NFL Draft podcast: The Bears’ 5 needs - Chicago Sun-Times - Patrick Finley and Mark Potash assess where the Bears stand before the NFL Draft.

Bears GM Ryan Pace ready for work-from-home NFL draft - Chicago Sun-Times - At 43, Ryan Pace is closer in age to the Screentime Generation than most NFL GMs. Like many Americans, he already has awkward work-from-home stories. Whether they end up being funny or disastrous depends on how the NFL’s virtual draft goes.

Sportsbooks expect 2020 NFL draft to be most bet on ever - Chicago Tribune - Online sportsbooks say they are seeing a much greater volume of bets on the NFL draft this year.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Green Bay: Nobody cares

Detroit: Nobody cares

Minnesota: Nobody cares

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: The Bears have announced jersey numbers for their new players - Windy City Gridiron - We run through the new numbers for the new Bears, and look back at the last Bear to wear the numbers.

Wiltfong: Which prospects have the Bears met with? - Windy City Gridiron - Check out some of the prospects the Bears have been rumored to have met with the last few months.

Householder: Will Bears GM Pace’s 2017 Draft get him fired? This draft will decide - Windy City Gridiron - It became an infamous tweet among Bears Twitter, but three years later, on the eve of the draft, it appears to be prophetic

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