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There will be a virtual draft this year for the NFL, and you can follow all the latest news on your virtual home on the virtual web, Windy City Gridiron

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

THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

We are fully engaged in Rock Pocket week... where all of the songs have a deep pocket groove... the kind of groove for which you dim the lights, sit back, relax and flow... cause nobody else sits in the pocket as solid as ZZ Top...

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

BEARRRSSSS

Report: Bears Meet with Top TE Draft Prospect Brycen Hopkins for the *Third* Time - Bleacher Nation - Even after signing Jimmy Graham, the Bears could still use some younger tight end talent with upside. Brycen Hopkins, anyone?

Matt Nagy Expects to Play His Starters During Preseason Games This Year - Bleacher Nation - The Bears look to change.

Eyeing Potential Bears 2020 NFL Draft Targets: Georgia QB Jake Fromm - Bleacher Nation - Bears GM Ryan Pace has shown an affinity for Georgia football players in recent years. Could it continue with Jake Fromm?

Wood: Looking at WR Fits in the 2020 NFL Draft - Da Bears Blog - Last week I identified wide receiver as Chicago’s biggest roster need heading into the draft, so today I want to look at wide receivers in the draft and see which ones might be a fit for this offense. I’ve done previous work looking at wide receivers Andy Reid brought in to Kansas City, where he trained Matt Nagy.

Florio On Virtual Draft: ‘NFL Finally Got It Right’ - 670 The Score - The NFL is set for a virtual draft in late April, a decision that was reached after the league held internal conversations about the best practices during the coronavirus pandemic.

Could Bears Draft A Safety Complement For Eddie Jackson? - 670 The Score - In the first week of their offseason, the Bears invested in Pro Bowl safety Eddie Jackson with a lucrative contract extension, making him the highest-paid player at his position annually. Could they soon look to maximize that investment by adding a long-term complement alongside him?

Bears see Jimmy Graham as ideal fit in their offense - ChicagoBears.com - General manager Ryan Pace and coach Matt Nagy are confident that veteran tight end Jimmy Graham can thrive at a vital position in the Bears’ offensive scheme.

This week in Bears history: April 6-12 - ChicagoBears.com - With the NFL set to celebrate its 100th birthday on Sept. 17, 2020, we take a look at what transpired this week in Bears history, including former tight end Zach Miller receiving the Ed Block Courage Award.

Tyreek Hill a puzzling choice over Hester as all-decade punt returner - ProFootballTalk - Devin Hester had more than twice as many punt return yards as Hill in the decade, plus a higher yards-per-return average and more touchdowns, and yet Hester wasn’t chosen as the all-decade punt returner.

NFL Draft analysis: Bears still need tight end help - Chicago Sun-Times - Even with 10 tight ends on the roster after signing Jimmy Graham in free agency, the Bears don’t know precisely what they have at a crucial position in coach Matt Nagy’s offense.

Why the NFL draft from home will be a circus - Chicago Tribune - With necessary changes to the NFL draft format, there’s an understandable fear that the trap doors of every Joe Blow fantasy league could be triggered at football's highest level.

Hoge’s 10 Bears Things: Thoughts on Robert Quinn, Jimmy Graham, Germain Ifedi and more - NBC Sports Chicago - In his first "10 Bears Things" column for NBC Sports Chicago, Adam Hoge examines all the non-quarterback moves the Bears have made this offseason.

NFL Draft 2020: 5 mistakes the Bears should avoid - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears' Super Bowl contention window is open and they cannot afford any mistakes at the 2020 NFL Draft.

Latest Mock Drafts Point Bears Toward Secondary - SI.com - Pro Football Focus is out with its official PFF Mock Draft 1.0, and unlike many mock drafts at this point they've gone only one round.

The Last Thing the Chicago Bears Need in the NFL Draft - SI.com - The Chicago Bears can benefit from talent at any number of positions in the NFL draft.

Chicago Bears Mock Draft 3.0: Feel the Frustration - SI.com - The BearDigest Mock NFL Draft 3.0 for the Chicago Bears should more appropriately be renamed the frustration mock.

Chalk Talk: When will numbers be assigned? - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses when new Bears players will receive their uniform numbers, if the Bears will further consider bolstering their edge rusher position and whether the Bears considered starting Kyle Orton at quarterback in Super Bowl XLI.

Analysis: Germain Ifedi’s deal with Bears validates concerns from his time with Seahawks - The Seattle Times - Germain Ifedi received a $910,000 contract from the Bears — considerably less than his backup last year, George Fant, received from the Jets and the Seahawks paid Brandon Shell.

No timeouts or other protections for teams in virtual draft - ProFootballTalk - Some teams would like some flexibility in the first-ever virtual draft in order to account for technical glitches. The league’s response, to use a technical term, is basically this: Tough sh-t.

POLISH SAUSAGE

NFL teams seriously concerned about tech safety for virtual 2020 NFL draft - NBC Sports Chicago - Ravens coach John Harbaugh is the latest to voice his concerns.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Green Bay: Nobody cares

Detroit: Nobody cares

Minnesota: Nobody cares

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Schmitz: Bears’ Free Agency Then... Bears’ Free Agency Now (With Brad Spielberger, Dan DeYoung, and Khari Thompson!) - Windy City Gridiron - As is the case every year, more and more contract-related info has surfaced about the Chicago Bears’ Free Agency signings as time has gone on. But is any of the new info enough to change the outlook of the Bears’ moves? Find out in this episode of Bear With Me!

Wiltfong: Who should the Bears avoid in the 2020 NFL Draft? - Windy City Gridiron - Mock draft season has been in full swing for a while now, so I’m sure you guys have had the chance to peruse several mocks to see how the experts have the Chicago Bears drafting.

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