Bear Report NFL Draft Story Index


Posted Apr 26, 2008


It's been a lengthy wait, but the weekend of the 2008 NFL Draft is finally upon us. The Chicago Bears have a lot of holes to fill on both sides of the ball, so there will be plenty of coverage to provide from all angles both Saturday and Sunday. Keep up with everything happening at Halas Hall with this story tracker.

Sunday

JC's Interactive Halas Hall Blog
Your dearly devoted Publisher is back in Lake Forest for yet another all-day draft marathon, answering questions from subscribers and bringing you all the latest news, notes, and quotes straight from Bears headquarters. To join him on his long journey with this one-of-a-kind interactive live blogging tool, Click Here.

Instant Analysis: Round 7 Draftees
With a total of five selections in the seventh round, the Bears added Michigan State DE Ervin Baldwin, Georgia G Chester Adams, Oregon State Joey LaRocque, Ohio State OT Kirk Barton, and Arkansas WR Marcus Monk. To learn more about the newest Midway Monsters added in the draft's final round, Click Here.

Instant Analysis: TE Kellen Davis
The Bears were in need of a third tight end afer John Gilmore signed in free agency with the Buccaneers, and they got him in the fifth round with Kellen Davis of Michigan State. To learn more about the newest Midway Monster selected No. 158 overall in Round 5, Click Here.

Instant Analysis: CB Zack Bowman
While Marcus Harrison was a little bit of a gamble because of character concerns, Nebraska cornerback Zack Bowman is surrounded with question marks because of a lengthy history of injuries. To learn more about the newest Midway Monster selected No. 142 overall in Round 5, Click Here.

Instant Analysis: SS Craig Steltz
The Bears continue to bolster their defense, adding a smart and aggressive player to the defensive backfield in Louisiana State safety Craig Steltz. To learn more about the newest Midway Monster selected No. 120 overall in Round 4, Click Here.

Instant Analysis: DT Marcus Harrison
After three straight selections on the offensive side of the ball, Jerry Angelo and Co. finally address the defense with a talented-but-troubled player in Arkansas defensive tackle Marcus Harrison. To learn more about the newest Midway Monster selected No. 90 overall in Round 3, Click Here.

Instant Analysis: WR Earl Bennett
The front office has stuck to filling immediate needs for the most part thus far in the draft, this time bolstering their passing game with Vanderbilt receiver Earl Bennett. To learn more about the newest Midway Monster selected No. 70 overall in Round 3, who just happens to be the leading receiver in SEC history, Click Here.

Quick Quotes: Day 2 Draft Picks
Bear Report correspondent Beth Gorr is also on site at Halas Hall, and she will be chatting with all of Sunday's selections in addition to director of college scouting Greg Gabriel, offensive coordinator Ron Turner, and defensive coordinator Bob Babich. To review all the notable quotables from the principles involved, Click Here.

NFL Draft: Day 2 Best Available Prospects
Chris Steuber, Scout.com's NFL Draft analyst, sees a lot of talent left on the board after Saturday's two rounds and some potential steals on Day 2 of the draft. To see who the Bears may still be able to land in Round 3 and beyond, Click Here.

Saturday

JC's Interactive Halas Hall Blog
Your dearly devoted Publisher will be camping out in Lake Forest all weekend long, keeping you constantly up to date with all the latest news, notes, and quotes on the Monsters of the Midway directly from the front lines. To go back and see all the action that took place on the first day of the draft, Click Here.

Instant Analysis: RB Matt Forte
The Bears had a miserable ground game this past season at a league-low 3.1 yards per carry, but they could get a serious shot in the arm with a powerful and productive running back in Matt Forte of Tulane. To learn more about the newest Midway Monster selected No. 44 overall in Round 2, Click Here.

Instant Analysis: OT Chris Williams
General manager Jerry Angelo said that finding a potential franchise left tackle was his top priority for this team during the offseason, and he got one in Chris Williams of Vanderbilt. To learn more about the newest Midway Monster selected No. 14 overall in Round 1, Click Here.

Quick Quotes: Day 1 Draft Picks
Bear Report correspondent Beth Gorr is also on site at Halas Hall, and she got a chance to participate in conversations with Jerry Angelo, Lovie Smith, Chris Williams, and Matt Forte on Day 1 of the draft. To review all the notable quotables from the principles involved, Click Here.

Draft Directory: Marino's Big Board
Scout.com's veteran NFL talent evaluator, Tom Marino, brings his 35-plus years of professional experience to the table and compiles his master list of prospects at each and every postition. To see Marino's top-to-bottom grid, Click Here.

NFL Draft Live Blog
While JC is reporting from Halas Hall and has the Bears completely covered like a blanket, Adam Caplan, Scout.com's Senior NFL Reporter, is reporting directly from the NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. To see what Day-1 nuggets Caplan was able to uncover on site, Click Here.

Friday

Draft Dissection: Offensive Prospects
JC took a closer look at what players might be available to the Bears on offense and who the team has been expressing interest in the most, and then makes his best prediction as to which direction the front office may be leaning on draft weekend. For a Cliffs Notes-like scouting report on all the possible quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers, and offensive linemen, Click Here.

Draft Dissection: Defensive Prospects
JC also broke down what he generally expects to see from the Bears on defense and who the team appears to be targeting, and then comes up with his best bets for what players to look for and what players to forget about entirely both Saturday and Sunday. For all the possible scenarios at tackle and safety plus a quick evaluation of the ends, linebackers, and cornerback, Click Here.

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