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The Bear’s Draft Day Den, April 29, 2021

Today’s the day! Let’s do this thing!

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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

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Wood: Using Historical Trends to Guide Chicago’s Draft Approach - Da Bears Blog - The 2021 NFL draft starts tomorrow, so I want to take a look at historical trends to see where the Bears can expect to find positional value at various points in the draft. This builds very closely off a study I did last year, so here’s a quick recap of the approach:

Haugh: Let’s hope Ryan Pace bores us in this NFL Draft - 670 The Score - For Bears general manager Ryan Pace, this NFL Draft isn’t about proving to the skeptics he can find a star quarterback. It’s about proving that he has grown on the job and finding immediate help with the team’s first-round pick.

NFL Draft primer: Schedule, Bears’ picks, Score coverage - 670 The Score - The NFL Draft gets started Thursday evening, and as is often the case, the quarterback position is a hot topic surrounding the Bears. Before the big event gets going, here’s a one-stop shop for the logistics and 670 coverage details.

How to watch, listen to 2021 NFL Draft: Everything you need to know - Chicago Bears - Senior writer Larry Mayer provides everything you need to know about this week’s NFL Draft, including where the Bears pick, how long teams have to make their selections and much more.

How Chicago Bears decide what players to pick at No. 20 in 2021 NFL Draft - Chalk Talk - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses how the Bears stack their draft board, how many times they’ve traded up and down under general manager Ryan Pace and the best kickoff returners in the draft.

NFL Draft: Whom the Bears should pick first - Chicago Sun-Times - The Sun-Times’ Bears experts make their case for what the Bears should do when the draft starts Thursday night:

2021 NFL Draft carries highest stakes of Bears GM Ryan Pace’s career - Chicago Sun-Times - With his job on the line, Pace’s first three picks of the draft are his best shot at fixing a roster that doesn’t look much different from the one that went 8-8 last season.

NFL Draft: Say no to a first-round QB for the Bears if you want Ryan Pace gone - Chicago Sun-Times - If they trade up to get one of the highly touted quarterbacks, it likely would buy the general manager another year or two. Oh, and he’d probably draft the wrong guy.

Chicago Bears: When do they pick in NFL draft? - Chicago Tribune - Here’s what you need to know about draft weekend, including what to expect from the Chicago Bears.

2021 NFL Draft: Date, time, TV and streaming schedule, live coverage, draft order and mock draft prep – The Athletic - The 2021 NFL Draft begins Thursday, April 29, live from Cleveland. Here’s everything you need to prepare for it.

2021 NFL mock draft: Writers find QBs for Patriots 49ers, Falcons, Bears over 2 rounds – The Athletic - Trevor Lawrence to the Jaguars. Zach Wilson to the Jets. Then the fun begins in the NFL Draft. Here are our writers’ projections.

32 NFL Mock Drafts combined: Biggest reaches, top risers and fallers, and most popular locks – The Athletic - By collecting the picks from 32 team seven-round mock drafts, we find the most popular selections in this week’s NFL Draft.

NFL draft: Chciago one of three likely draft destinations for QB Kyle Trask - These are the three teams that are most likely to select former Florida quarterback Kyle Trask in the upcoming 2021 NFL draft.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Will 49ers trade Jimmy Garoppolo this weekend? - ProFootballTalk - The 49ers will add a quarterback tomorrow night with the third overall selection in the draft. Will they subtract one before the end of the coming weekend?

Report: Patriots talked to Falcons about trading up to No. 4, likely to draft Justin Fields - ProFootballTalk - With one day to go before the 2021 NFL draft, talk is heating up about the potential for a blockbuster trade.

Seahawks never had "active negotiations" with any team for Russell Wilson - ProFootballTalk - “You know there was a number of teams that called after that media blitz that happened,” Schneider said. “But, no, I never actively negotiated with anybody, and with any team now. Did people call? Absolutely. I’m not going to get into specific teams.”

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Sunderbruch: Draft Trades 101 - What goes into swinging a draft day deal? - Windy City Gridiron - With the NFL draft right around the corner, it’s worth reviewing some basics about how it’s possible for teams to maneuver in the draft in the hopes of putting together a winning team.

2021 NFL Draft Predictions: What will the Bears do in Round 1? - Windy City Gridiron - Just one more night of anticipation before the 2021 NFL Draft is finally here, so we wanted to get your final predictions on what you think the Chicago Bears are going to do on Thursday night.

Sunderbruch: Five Prospects I Like More Than I Should - Windy City Gridiron - Every year, highly touted prospects slide. There are also guys who don’t receive the press to go on to become stars. These players might not be headed for future Pro Bowls, but they might be worth a second (or even first) look for fans and GMs alike.

Infante's 2021 Bears mock draft: Finalized 7 round mock - Windy City Gridiron - Draft Day is one day away, so let’s take a shot at guessing what the Bears might do in the 2021 NFL Draft this weekend.

Infante's LunchPail DraftCast: We paid all this money, & all we got was a quarterback?!?!? - Windy City Gridiron - In the latest LunchPail DraftCast, the guys dig deep into many of the draftable quarterbacks in the 2021 NFL Draft.

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