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.

Carl Davis. (Matthew Holst/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Prospect Watch: DT Carl Davis

Given his massive frame and movement skills, Davis is an intriguing prospect.

CBS Chicago–04/06/2015

Nelson Agholor. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Prospect Watch: WR Nelson Agholor

Agholor will contribute immediately to a team’s passing attack and return units as a rookie.

CBS Chicago–04/03/2015

Ronald Darby, left. (Harry How/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Prospect Watch: CB Ronald Darby

Darby’s athleticism and top-end speed will be coveted in any pass defense.

CBS Chicago–04/02/2015

Breshad Perriman, right. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Prospect Watch: WR Breshad Perriman

Perriman’s pro day results have sent his draft stock soaring.

CBS Chicago–04/01/2015

Eli Harold, middle. (Geoff Burke/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Prospect Watch: OLB Eli Harold

Harold is raw, but his athletic upside will make him a coveted prospect.

CBS Chicago–03/31/2015

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

Durkin: Going At His Own Pace

Ryan Pace has shown patience early in his tenure, keeping the big picture in mind.

CBS Chicago–03/30/2015

DeVante Parker. (Getty Images)

Durkin’s Prospect Watch: WR DeVante Parker

Parker is a prospect who is flying under the radar in the 2015 NFL Draft.

CBS Chicago–03/27/2015

Trae Waynes, left. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Prospect Watch: CB Trae Waynes

Waynes is the top cornerback prospect in the 2015 NFL Draft.

CBS Chicago–03/26/2015

Danny Shelton. (Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Prospect Watch: DT Danny Shelton

Shelton is the top defensive tackle prospect in the 2015 NFL draft.

CBS Chicago–03/25/2015

Mason Foster. (Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Free Agent Breakdown: LB Mason Foster

Foster immediately goes to the top of the Bears’ depth chart at the Mike linebacker spot.

CBS Chicago–03/25/2015

Ray McDonald, right. (Getty Images)

Free Agent Breakdown: DL Ray McDonald

McDonald is familiar with Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio from their time in San Francisco.

CBS Chicago–03/24/2015

Jarvis Jenkins. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Free Agent Breakdown: DE Jarvis Jenkins

The 26-year old Jenkins has appeared in 44 games, making 19 starts.

CBS Chicago–03/24/2015

Kevin White. (Getty Images)

Durkin’s Prospect Watch: WR Kevin White

Given his size-to-speed radio, White has the most upside of any receiver in this class.

CBS Chicago–03/24/2015

Jameis Winston. (Getty Images)

Durkin: 2015 NFL Mock Draft 1.0

The NFL Draft is just five weeks away. Here’s a first-round projection.

CBS Chicago–03/23/2015

Amari Cooper. (Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Prospect Watch: WR Amari Cooper

Cooper will likely be a top-five selection.

CBS Chicago–03/23/2015

Bud Dupree. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Prospect Watch: OLB/DE Bud Dupree

Dupree is a raw prospect, but his athletic upside is undeniable.

CBS Chicago–03/20/2015

Randy Gregory. (Eric Francis/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Prospect Watch: OLB Randy Gregory

Gregory’s physical tools are intriguing, but he has durability concerns and his motor runs hot and cold on film.

CBS Chicago–03/19/2015

Vic Beasley. (Tyler Smith/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Prospect Watch: OLB Vic Beasley

Beasley is the top outside linebacker prospect in the 2015 draft class.

CBS Chicago–03/18/2015

Dante Fowler. (Sam Greenwood/Getty Images).

Durkin’s Prospect Watch: DE/OLB Dante Fowler Jr.

Fowler has an NFL-ready physique, is highly productive on tape and has the athletic grade to match.

CBS Chicago–03/17/2015

Stefan Wisniewski, center. (Getty Images)

Durkin: Top Remaining NFL Free Agents

The free agent rush is over, but there are still some value players available.

CBS Chicago–03/16/2015

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