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The Bear’s Den, April 23, 2021

Another day older and deeper in draft prep

NFL: APR 27 Bears Roquan Smith Press Conference
The Chicago Bears 2018 first round draft pick Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith, talks to the media during a Chicago Bears Press Conference on April 27, 2018 at Halas Hall
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Simulating a Chicago Bears Reach for Davis Mills - Sports Illustrated - What would the Chicago Bears draft look like in 2021 if they reach to take Stanford quarterback Davis Mills at No. 20 in Round 1? Find out here.

Possible Chicago Bears Draft Day Message Recipients - Sports Illustrated - Veteran players frequently receive subtle messages from their teams in the NFL Draft when younger players are chosen and there are some Chicago Bears who could get such subtle hints or cold slaps in their faces come April 29.

Roquan Smith named Bears’ winner of Ed Block Courage Award - 670 The Score - The Bears voted linebacker Roquan Smith as their winner of the Ed Block Courage Award, which recognizes a player on each team “who best exemplifies a commitment to sportsmanship and courage and serves as an inspiration in the locker room.”

NFL will allow only five tryout players at rookie minicamps - ProFootballTalk - With the rookie minicamps canceled last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, some potential NFL players went unnoticed and unsigned. They may never get a chance to make an NFL roster.

Roquan Smith: LB wins Chicago Bears' Ed Block Courage Award - Chicago Tribune - Teammates voted Roquan Smith to be the Chicago Bears' recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award. The award is given annually to one player on each NFL team who best displays professionalism, strength and dedication and is a community role model.

8 quarterback options for Chicago Bears in the NFL draft - Chicago Tribune - A look at eight quarterback options for the Chicago Bears in the 2021 NFL draft.

Kellen Mond, Davis Mills or Kyle Trask? Breakout players for 2021? Bears Mailbag – The Athletic - With the NFL Draft one week away, what will the Bears do at quarterback? And what would lead to a possible rebuild? Answers in the mailbag.

Andre Odom: Ex-Chicago Bears scout now agent for top NFL draft prospects - Chicago Tribune - Andre Odom worked as a scouting assistant with the Chicago Bears before he transitioned to representing players instead of evaluating them. Two of Odom’s clients — Florida tight end Kyle Pitts and Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons — could be picked in the top 10 of this year’s NFL draft.

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Throughout NFL draft history, how often have teams chosen the true ‘best player available’? – The Athletic - Every draft cycle, we hear so much about “best player available.” We took a look through history to see how often teams actually select him.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Schweickert, Berckes & Snyder: WCG Draft Livestream feat. Bears Over Beers - Windy City Gridiron - Draft time approaches, so we tap our resident experts on drafts to discuss the NFL draft!

Zeglinski: Chicago Bears’ Roquan Smith wins Ed Block Courage Award - Windy City Gridiron - The star linebacker has been appropriately recognized by his teammates.

Wiltfong: WCG takes Teven Jenkins for the Bears in the SB Nation Writer Mock Draft - Windy City Gridiron - The 15th annual SB Nation writers’ mock draft is underway and the Bears have made their pick!

Schmitz: WCG Chicago Bears Mock Draft Battle — Live on Locker Room this morning! - Windy City Gridiron - Jacob Infante joins the Rule of 3 gang to compete in a 4-way battle of Mock Drafts.

Infante: 2021 NFL mock draft - Bears select OT Teven Jenkins at No. 20 - SBNation.com - The Bears signed Germain Ifedi to a one-year deal, but Jenkins could win the starting RT role in an open competition.

Wiltfong: What are the Bears’ top needs in the 2021 NFL Draft? - Windy City Gridiron - We want you guys to vote on the top four needs that the Chicago Bears have as they ready themselves for the 2021 NFL Draft.

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