Bears target trenches on day two

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The Chicago Bears bolstered their offensive and defensive lines on day two of the NFL draft, selecting Guard Cody Whitehair of Kansas State and Florida Defensive End Jonathan Bullard. The picks came after the Bears traded down twice in round two to stockpile picks, including a 2017 fourth-rounder.

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Whitehair, 6-4, 301, was a first-team All-Big 12 choice at tackle and a four-year starter for the Wildcats. He lined up at right tackle, guard, and left tackle in his career at Manhattan, starting 41 consecutive games. A tenacious blocker with sound fundamentals and light feet, Whitehair shone during Senior Bowl week where he displayed the agility and toughness scouts crave. READ MORE

Bears gamble with trade up for Floyd

Bears first-rounder, Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia

Bears first-rounder, Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia

Aggressively targeting a pass rusher to bolster their sack production, the Chicago Bears moved into the top ten to select redshirt junior OLB Leonard Floyd of Georgia. The Bears moved from their original 11th draft spot to the ninth overall selection by flipping positions with Tampa Bay and giving the Bucs a fourth-round pick (106th overall). Floyd will battle for playing time in a rotation that also features veterans Willie Young, Lamarr Houston, and Pernell McPhee.

By drafting Floyd, the Bears are focusing on his upside and development. At 6-5, 244, Floyd resembles a basketball forward with his long and angular frame. READ MORE

Draft daze: Bears final mock draft

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With just hours remaining before the start of the NFL Draft and barring any last-minute deals, the Chicago Bears figure to make their first-round selection, 11th overall, about 90 minutes into the annual selection meeting.

While most observers expect the Bears to go defense with the first pick, nothing has been predictable into the draft’s ramp up, with both the Rams and Eagles making huge moves to garner the top two overall selections. READ MORE

Tricks, treats, & road opener highlight Bears schedule

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The Chicago Bears will be busy on holidays during the 2016 season. The NFL released its full schedule Thursday evening, and the Bears play on both Halloween and Christmas Eve. Add in prime time appearances against the Eagles, Cowboys,  and Packers, and coach John Fox’s club will be challenged to improve on last season’s 6-10 record.

The Bears are scheduled to make four appearances on primetime television during the 2016 regular season, with all four coming in the first eight weeks of the season. Two of those contests are at home and two are on the road.

Chicago will host the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 2 on and the Minnesota Vikings in Week 8 on ESPN’s Monday Night Football. READ MORE