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The Bear’s Den, April 21, 2021

One good thing about Bears GM Ryan Pace is, if nothing else, nobody outside (or perhaps even inside) but Pace knows who he plans on drafting

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Rebooting Chicago Bears Draft Need Rankings - Sports Illustrated - Where does quarterback really rank for the Chicago Bears in terms of need for this coming season when it comes to addressing problem areas in the 2021 NFL Draft?

How Alex Smith Retirement Affected Chicago Bears - Sports Illustrate - Teams pursuing quarterbacks always seem to be affected when personnel moves come down regarding other quarterbacks during the offseason, such as the Alex Smith retirement.

Chicago Bears Absence from Trey Lance Pro Day Perplexing - Sports Illustrated - It was the second Trey Lance pro day and the Bears attended the first one, but Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated reports they didn’t come see the encore performance so everyone needs to wonder why.

Matt Nagy offers statement gushing about retired Alex Smith - 670 The Score - Bears coach Matt Nagy joined peers around the league in recognizing quarterback Alex Smith, who announced his retirement from football Monday.

Roster Move: Chicago Bears re-sign S Tashaun Gipson Sr. to one-year contract - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears on Tuesday bolstered their secondary by re-signing veteran free-agent safety Tashaun Gipson Sr. to a one-year contract.

Will Chicago Bears trade up for OT or WR in 2021 NFL Draft? - Chalk Talk - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses the likelihood of the Bears trading up for a tackle or receiver in the first round of the draft, how a seventh-round pick the Bears acquired from the Dolphins turned into a sixth-rounder and why teams don’t trade player

Pace Can Be Trusted When It Comes to Draft - Da Bears Blog - Since the Bears hired Ryan Pace prior to the 2015 offseason, few teams have made fewer selections in the NFL Draft. But the Bears GM ranks among the best in the league at getting value with the pick he’s made.

NFL Draft position preview: Bears looking for depth on defensive line - Chicago Sun-Times - With the return of NT Eddie Goldman and Akiem Hicks surviving the salary-cap purge, the Bears are set for starters. But the need for rotational depth makes defensive linemen a constant priority.

2021 NFL mock draft: Bears target Teven Jenkins in ESPN’s new projection - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears won’t get a quarterback in the first two rounds of the draft — at least according to ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr.

Could the Bears trade up in the NFL Draft for a quarterback ... again? – The Athletic - Might the Bears actually trade up for a quarterback again? We can’t rule anything out with Ryan Pace. Here are some avenues to do so.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Justin Fields’ Draft Board Drop is the Latest Example of the Strategic Smearing of Black Quarterbacks • EBONY - You can always expect mock draft boards, hours of repetitive TV speculation, and nitpicking by scouts and analysts around this time of year. And every year, there’s a heralded Black quarterback who bears a disproportionate and illogical brunt of that criticism. This year it’s Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields.

This NFL draft could feature several trades. Here are some possibilities. - The Washington Post - Identifying 10 NFL draft trade scenarios, from teams pursuing QBs to playoff teams moving up the board.

Patrick Mahomes: There are so many different things I can improve in my game - ProFootballTalk - Patrick Mahomes is out of his walking boot and feels like he’s ahead of schedule after undergoing surgery to remedy a turf toe injury in his left foot.

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Infante: 2021 NFL Draft - 7 realistic options for Bears at No. 20 - Windy City Gridiron - With the 2021 NFL Draft just over a week away, let’s break down some of the top prospects the Bears could consider at No. 20.

Wiltfong: Grading the Chicago Bears 2020 draft class - Windy City Gridiron - Welcome to SB Nation Reacts, a survey of fans across the NFL. Each week, we send out questions to the most plugged in Bears fans, and fans across the country. Sign up here to join Reacts.

Wiltfong: What positions does Ryan Pace draft the most and the least? - Windy City Gridiron - Ryan Pace’s reluctance to draft quarterbacks has been a consistent talking point for Chicago Bears fans since his first draft ended in 2015. It was during the lead up to that draft, — his initial...

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