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.

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

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

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