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.

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

Bears offensive lineman Michael Ola (70). (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Michael Ola Tops Bears’ Performance-Based Pay List

Ola’s versatility in the 2014 season literally paid off.

CBS Chicago–03/13/2015

Antrel Rolle. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

Antrel Rolle: ‘This Was The Place Where I Needed To Be’

Rolle is excited to be a part of a defensive turnaround in Chicago.

CBS Chicago–03/13/2015

Jay Cutler, center. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Durkin: Jay Cutler Contract Update

With Cutler on the roster, $10 million of his 2016 base salary has been fully guaranteed.

CBS Chicago–03/12/2015

Free Agent Breakdown: Antrel Rolle

The Bears had big needs at safety and addressed them by signing Antrel Rolle.

CBS Chicago–03/12/2015

Eddie Royal. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Free Agent Breakdown: Eddie Royal

The Bears needed to add speed from the slot, which Royal provides.

CBS Chicago–03/12/2015

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