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The Bear’s Den, May 3, 2021

Well, the draft is over, now what? The next phase of free agency...

5 storylines for the Bears at the NFL scouting combine, starting with whom they might bring in at quarterback
Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy and general manager Ryan Pace
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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

BEARRRSSSS & DRAFT

Rosenthal’s Debrief: 32 thoughts for 32 teams after the 2021 NFL Draft - NFL.com - With the 2021 NFL Draft in the books, Gregg Rosenthal presents one thought on all 32 teams. Will Carolina regret going in on Sam Darnold? Can Aaron Rodgers be appeased? Did Urban Meyer risk too much?

Which newly drafted NFL rookies will make the biggest impact? Picks for all 32 teams – The Athletic - At least a handful of rookies will make a seamless transition to the NFL next season. Our writers projected which ones can do it.

How Chicago Bears Draft Compared to the NFC North - Sports Illustrated - The Chicago Bears have had their share of draft disappointments but this time it looks different despite a strong effort by a couple of other divisional rivals.

Chicago Bears Draft Report Card: Top Heavy with Value Late - Sports Illustrated - Grading the Chicago Bears draft was simple considering they managed to start it by addressing their age-old need with one of the top quarterbacks available.

2021 NFL Draft: Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy discusses QB Justin Fields - ChicagoBears.com - Like the rest of Bears nation, coach Matt Nagy was thrilled that the team was able to shrewdly trade up nine spots in the first round of the draft to take Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields.

Chicago Bears 2021 NFL Draft recap: 5 picks on Day 3 after selecting Justin Fields, Teven Jenkins in first two rounds - ChicagoBears.com - Still energized from landing quarterback Justin Fields and offensive tackle Teven Jenkins in the first two rounds, the Bears concluded the 2021 NFL Draft by selecting five more prospects Saturday.

2021 NFL draft: Bears fans agree Ryan Pace had a sensational draft - Bears Wire - In a shocking turn of events, Bears fans are now singing GM Ryan Pace's praises following an impressive NFL draft.

Gil Brant's top undrafted rookie free agents following the 2021 NFL Draft - NFL.com - Gil Brandt ranks the undrafted rookie free agents following the conclusion of the 2021 NFL Draft.

Matt Nagy: Everyone will know when the time is right for Justin Fields to start - ProFootballTalk - Nagy said "when the time is right, I promise you every single person will know including Justin when it’s the right time, and that’s naturally how it happens.”

2021 NFL Draft: Final quick-snap grades for all 32 teams - NFL.com - Chad Reuter reveals his quick-snap grades for all 32 teams based on their decisions from all three days of the 2021 NFL Draft.

Bears Draft Review: When will Justin Fields play? - Chicago Sun-Times - A day-after look at the Bears’ 2021 draft:

Aaron Rodgers’ status key to NFC North rivals’ 2021 hopes - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears, Vikings and Lions all got help in the NFL Draft, but the disgruntled Rodgers’ departure from the Packers would be the biggest upgrade for each of them.

Analyzing the Bears’ picks, Justin Fields’ timeline and more - Chicago Sun-Times - The Sun-Times’ Patrick Finley breaks down the Bears’ 2021 draft:

2021 NFL Draft: Seven questions facing the Bears heading toward next season - Chicago Sun-Times - A look at how the Bears did in the draft and what it means for their chances in 2021.

Teven Jenkins: Can OL be a starter on Chicago Bears? - Chicago Tribune - The Chicago Bears drafted Teven Jenkins in the second round of the NFL draft on Friday with hopes he can make an impact for years to come as a starting offensive tackle. Mike Gundy believes he has that kind of potential.

Column: Chicago Bears draft class hinges on Justin Fields - Chicago Tribune - The Chicago Bears have finished in the top half of the league in scoring only six times in a quarter century. First-round pick Justin Fields can change all that when his time finally comes.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: Chicago Bears Draft 2021 - Grading each individual pick - Windy City Gridiron - We check on the letter grade for all 7 Chicago Bears draft picks.

Wiltfong: The analytics say the Chicago Bears had the best draft class in 2021 - Windy City Gridiron - We’ll know the true value of this draft in a few years, but for now, the Chicago Bears’ 2021 class is the best according to the numbers.

Sunderbruch: NFL Draft - Winners and Losers - Windy City Gridiron - The draft is over, and while it will be months before any games are played, after three days there is still a need for there to be winners and losers. Opinions will vary on how to keep score, but some winners and losers seem obvious.

Householder: Chicago Bears 2021 NFL draft grade round up - Experts weigh in - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears had an eye-popping draft that seems to have proved popular with fans, but do the experts feel the same way?

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