48. Pittsburgh Steelers: Le'Veon Bell, RB, Michigan State -- Great fit for Pittsburgh's offense -- 6-foot-2, 230 pound back who runs lower to the ground than you'd expect. Carries defenders after contact. Less shifty than powerful. 49. New York Giants: Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State -- Reminds me of Vince Wilfork. Hankins is fills a need for pure power up and down the line. And it's important to delineate the difference between off-field conditioning work and on-field effort -- while he clearly needs an NFL strength program and a great trainer to kick his butt, Hankins will make effort plays late into games, even when he's clearly gassed. If he maximizes his physical potential in the weight room, what he takes to the field could be truly special, because you don't see too many players with his combination of strength and quickness. 50. Chicago Bears: Jon Bostic, LB, Florida -- Highest drafted linebacker for the Bears since Brian Urlacher in 2000. Doesn't have Urlacher's agility and coverage instincts, but should excel as a downhill tackler. 51. Washington Redskins: David Amerson, CB, NC State -- Interesting hybrid pass-defender. Can play some elements of certain safety positions with his aggressiveness, and has raw elements needed to play both man and zone coverages at a high level in the future. A project for now. 52. New England Patriots: Jamie Collins, OLB, Southern Miss -- Designated as a LEO end. Can rush off the edge and should provide some rotational explosiveness similar to that Rob Ninkovich gives now.
COMMENTARY | According to the NFL, in 2013 the Chicago Bears will play opponents with a 2012 combined record of 128-127-1 -- a .502 winning percentage, good for 16th out of the 32 clubs. On the surface, the Bears are facing what looks like middle-of-the-pack resistance on the road to Super Bowl XLVIII. While this may seem like easy pickings for a team coming off a 10-win season, the journey to Metlife Stadium isn't as easy as it appears.
COMMENTARY | The Chicago Bears finished the 2012 season with a respectable record of 10-6, but failed to make the playoffs for the second year in a row.
The Chicago Bears have vacancies at linebacker and Sunday the team made a move to fill one of the spots.
CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago Bears agreed Friday to a one-year contract with linebacker D.J. Williams, a possible replacement for Brian Urlacher.
CHICAGO (AP) -- Brian Urlacher wanted to re-sign with the Chicago Bears.
The NFL owners have gathered at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix for their annual meetings. On the agenda are several rules and by-laws that have been proposed by the Competition Committee, including the creation of "Rule 12, Section 2, Article 8", which pertains to initiating contact with the crown of the helmet. The proposed rule change reads as follows: "It is a foul if a runner or tackler initiates forcible contact by delivering a blow with the top/crown of his helmet against an opponent when both players are clearly outside the tackle box (an area extending from tackle to tackle and from three yards beyond the line of scrimmage to the offensive team’s end line). Incidental contact by the helmet of a runner or tackler against an opponent shall not be a foul." Either side of the ball could receive a 15-yard penalty for the proposed infraction, but the group that has been most vocal in its opposition to the change are current and former NFL running backs. Hall of Fame running back Emmitt Smith said the league has " lost its mind " with this proposed rule change. Fellow Hall of Fame running back and current NFL Network analyst Marshall Faulk called the proposed change " a joke ", a sentiment echoed by Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte, who criticized the proposal on Twitter. "The proposed rule change for running backs might be the most absurd suggestion of a rule change I’ve ever heard of," Forte wrote on Sunday. "In order to lower your shoulder you obviously have to lower your head. It’s a way of protecting yourself from a tackler and a way to break tackles. You can’t change the instinctive nature of running the football." Defensive players, who have seen some rule changes implemented that go against their on-field instincts, are not exactly sympathetic to the plight of ball-carriers. "Looks like Matt Forte is starting to see what it feels like to play defense ...," wrote defensive end Lawrence Jackson, an unrestricted free agent who has spent the last few seasons with the Detroit Lions.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) -- The Chicago Bears have released tight end Kellen Davis.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) -- Brian Urlacher will simply have to wait and see if he is going to join new Chicago Bears Jermon Bushrod and Martellus Bennett next season.
COMMENTARY | The Chicago Bears spent some money in free agency on Tuesday and ended up filling two big holes in their offense. Left tackle Jermon Bushrod and tight end Martellus Bennett are now Chicago Bears.

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