Dan Durkin

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Dan Durkin became CBSChicago.com’s lead Bears reporter in August 2014 after being an NFL columnist for the site for three years. Durkin originally joined the company after finishing runner-up in the 2011 Pepsi Max Score Search. He’s a graduate of the University of Illinois, where he was a member of the men’s football team (despite his best efforts to join the women’s team). You can follow Dan on Twitter @djdurkin.

Eric Rowe, right. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Prospect Watch: CB Eric Rowe

Given his measurables, position versatility and speed, Rowe projects as a solid second-round prospect.

CBS Chicago–04/24/2015

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Durkin’s 2015 NFL Draft Big Board 2.0

Here are the top 64 prospects in the 2015 Draft in Dan Durkin’s eyes.

CBS Chicago–04/23/2015

Charles Tillman. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Charles Tillman: ‘I’ll Always Be A Bear’

The next chapter of Tillman’s journey takes him to Charlotte, but he’ll never forget Chicago.

CBS Chicago–04/23/2015

Jordan Phillips, right. (Daniel/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Prospect Watch: DT Jordan Phillips

Phillips has the physical skills to dominate at the NFL level and could be a second-round value.

CBS Chicago–04/22/2015

Bears coach John Fox, left, and general manager Ryan Pace. (David Banks/Getty Images)

Durkin: Rapid Reaction To Bears’ 2015 Schedule

It’s not an easy start for Chicago, and many stout pass defenses await.

CBS Chicago–04/21/2015

DeVante Parker. (Getty Images)

Report: Bears To Host WR DeVante Parker For Visit

The Bears continue to visit with the draft’s top wide receiver prospects.

CBS Chicago–04/20/2015

Bears general manager Ryan Pace. (David Banks/Getty Images)

Durkin: Pressure Is On Bears’ Ryan Pace To Deliver In Draft

It’s going to take time, but Pace must change the trend at Halas Hall.

CBS Chicago–04/20/2015

Brandon Scherff. (Matthew Holst/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Prospect Watch: OL Brandon Scherff

Iowa’s Brandon Scherff is the top offensive lineman prospect in the 2015 draft class.

CBS Chicago–04/17/2015

A general view during introductions proir to the start of the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on May 8, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images)

Durkin’s 2015 NFL Draft Big Board

Here are the top 50 prospects in the NFL Draft in Dan Durkin’s eyes.

CBS Chicago–04/16/2015

Byron Jones, left. (Getty Images)

Durkin’s Prospect Watch: CB Byron Jones

Given his measurables and position versatility, Jones projects as an early second-round prospect.

CBS Chicago–04/15/2015

Tyler Lockett. (Cooper Neill/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Prospect Watch: WR Tyler Lockett

Lockett’s versatility as a returner and receiver makes him a quality value pick.

CBS Chicago–04/14/2015

Mario Edwards Jr., right. (Jeff Gammons/Getty Images)

Report: Bears Hosted Mario Edwards Jr. For Visit

Edwards is projected to be a late first-round or early second-round pick.

CBS Chicago–04/13/2015

Hroniss Grasu, center. (Kevin Casey/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Prospect Watch: C Hroniss Grasu

Grasu is the second-best center prospect in the 2015 draft.

CBS Chicago–04/13/2015

Roberto Garza. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Roberto Garza Reflects On A Bears Career That Almost Didn’t Happen

Garza discusses his time with the Bears and what’s in store for the future.

CBS Chicago–04/13/2015

Marcus Mariota. (Getty Images)

Report: Bears Met With Marcus Mariota

Mariota’s drawing attention from many teams with top-10 selections.

CBS Chicago–04/10/2015

Devin Smith. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Prospect Watch: WR Devin Smith

Smith is one of the best pure athletes in the 2015 draft and will make an immediate impact as a rookie.

CBS Chicago–04/10/2015

Marcus Mariota, left, and Jameis Winston, right. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Durkin: NFL Mock Draft 2.0

With the draft just three weeks away, Dan Durkin has put together his second mock projection.

CBS Chicago–04/09/2015

Caption:MIAMI GARDENS, FL - NOVEMBER 29: Phillip Dorsett #4 of the Miami Hurricanes is pursued by Reggie Mitchell #15 of the Pittsburgh Panthers as he runs 51 yards for a touchdown after catching a pass from Brad Kaaya #15 (not pictured) during second quarter action on November 29, 2014 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Prospect Watch: WR Phillip Dorsett

Dorsett’s big-play potential and elite speed make him an intriguing prospect.

CBS Chicago–04/08/2015

Chicago Bears huddle. (Daniel/Getty Images)

Durkin: 2015 Bears Unofficial Depth Chart

Here’s a look at where the roster stands with voluntary workouts approaching.

CBS Chicago–04/07/2015

Mario Edwards Jr., right. (Harry How/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Prospect Watch: DE Mario Edwards Jr.

Edwards is stout against the run but needs polish as a pass rusher.

CBS Chicago–04/07/2015

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