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.

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

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

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