Dan Durkin

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Dan Durkin has been a football writer for CBSChicago.com since 2011, when he joined the company after finishing runner-up in the Pepsi Max Score Search. He was CBSChicago.com’s lead Bears reporter in 2014 and now serves as an NFL columnist. 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.

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Durkin: Mock Draft 3.0

The first round gets underway Thursday at 7 p.m. How will it play out?

CBS Chicago–12 hours ago

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Durkin: Bears GM Ryan Pace Must Stick To His Plan

Pace must resist the temptation to draft for need and instead acquire the best players available.

CBS Chicago–04/27/2016

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Durkin’s Prospect Watch: CB Vernon Hargreaves

What immediately stands out when watching Hargreaves’ tape is his twitch and explosiveness.

CBS Chicago–04/21/2016

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Durkin: 2016 Mock NFL Draft 2.0

How will everything shake out after the Rams’ bold trade up to No. 1?

CBS Chicago–04/18/2016

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Durkin’s Prospect Watch: DT A’Shawn Robinson

Robinson’s a pure, straight-line bull rusher but shows few counter moves when stalemated in his rush.

CBS Chicago–04/13/2016

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Memphis QB Paxton Lynch Scheduled To Visit, Work Out For Bears

Lynch is widely considered the third-best quarterback prospect in the 2016 class.

CBS Chicago–04/09/2016

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Durkin’s Prospect Watch: CB William Jackson

Jackson has quality straight-line speed and is a physical tackler.

CBS Chicago–04/07/2016

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Durkin: 2016 NFL Mock Draft 1.0

Who will the Bears have to choose from at No. 11 overall?

CBS Chicago–04/05/2016

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Durkin’s Prospect Watch: DE/OLB Emmanuel Ogbah

With elite athleticism but unrefined technique, Ogbah is an intriguing first-round prospect.

CBS Chicago–04/01/2016

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Durkin’s Prospect Watch: DE/OLB Shaq Lawson

The 2016 draft class is light on edge rushers, so Lawson will be coveted.

CBS Chicago–03/31/2016

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Durkin: What’s Next For Needy Bears? Secondary Must Be A Priority

Ryan Pace has given the Bears flexibility heading into the draft, but one position stands out.

CBS Chicago–03/24/2016

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Durkin: Bears’ Salary Cap Update

After signing 12 players in free agency, Chicago still has some flexibility.

CBS Chicago–03/15/2016

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Durkin’s Free Agent Spotlight: ILB Danny Trevathan

An instinctive player, Trevathan brings stability to a position of need for the Bears.

CBS Chicago–03/10/2016

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Free Agent Breakdown: ILB Danny Trevathan

In Trevathan, the Bears have a true three-down linebacker who can thrive in any situation.

CBS Chicago–03/09/2016

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Durkin: Bears’ 2016 Free Agency Primer

It’s everything you need to know for the Bears’ offseason.

CBS Chicago–03/04/2016

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Durkin: Bears’ 2016 Salary Cap Outlook

Bears general manager Ryan Pace has plenty of cap space to work with as the new league year opens.

CBS Chicago–03/02/2016

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Durkin: Bears’ Ryan Pace Prepares For ‘Dangerous Water’ In Free Agency

For a team like the Bears, free agency is a necessary evil for general manager Ryan Pace.

CBS Chicago–02/25/2016

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Durkin: Bears’ Top 2016 Offseason Needs

Defensive end, inside linebacker and cornerback are a few areas the Bears need to address.

CBS Chicago–02/18/2016

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Durkin: 2016 NFL Offseason Key Dates

The NFL offseason is a busy one. Here’s what you need to know.

CBS Chicago–02/10/2016

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Durkin: What To Watch For During Super Bowl 50

Dan Durkin has the in-depth breakdown and his pick for Super Bowl 50.

CBS Chicago–02/05/2016

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