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Dan Durkin

Dan Durkin joined The Score’s columnist community after finishing runner-up in the 2011 Pepsi Max Score Search. He is 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). Dan is a longtime Scorehead, known as Dan in Wicker Park – even though he no longer resides in Wicker Park – who will be sharing NFL analysis and opinions. You can follow Dan on Twitter @djdurkin.

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Jon Bostic.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Durkin: Rookie Spotlight – Jon Bostic

Replacing a once-in-a-generation talent like Brian Urlacher is virtually impossible.

670 The Score–07/19/2013

Kyle Long. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

Durkin: Rookie Spotlight – Kyle Long

It’s rare for a prospect with only a handful of collegiate starts to end up as the 20th overall selection in the NFL draft, yet that’s exactly where Kyle Long found himself this past April 25th.

670 The Score–07/15/2013

Shea McClellin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Durkin: Player Spotlight – Shea McClellin

There was a collective groan among Bears fans when Roger Goodell announced the selection of Shea McClellin with the 19th pick in the 2012 draft. The position wasn’t being scrutinized, the player was.

CBS Chicago–07/01/2013

Julius Peppers. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Durkin: Bears Roster Review – Defense

This is the second in a two-part series, taking a look at the Bears defensive roster by position group.

CBS Chicago–06/14/2013

Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall talk at Soldier Field. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Durkin: Bears Roster Review – Offense

Mandatory minicamp kicks off for the Bears today, yet another sign that football is right around the corner. This is the first in a two-part series, taking a look at the Bears roster by position group. Offense is up first.

CBS Chicago–06/11/2013

Bears general manager Phil Emery. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Durkin: Bears Salary Cap Update

Hard to believe, but Bears training camp starts next month. We’re just 50 days away from the inaugural Camp Trestman, and 95 days away from the season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals.

670 The Score–06/05/2013

Kyle Long. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Durkin: Projected Bears Rookie Contract Pool

By Dan Durkin (CBS) Rookie minicamp kicks off Friday at Halas Hall, providing the coaching staff their first glimpse of the newest crop of Bears on the practice field. Off the field, Bears chief contract negotiator [...]

CBS Chicago–05/10/2013

Shariff Floyd.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Durkin: Evaluating NFC North Draft Classes

In 2012, the NFC North was the only division in football with three double-digit win teams. On the surface, every team sensibly addressed need positions. However, there are always surprises, both good and bad, and expectations unmet, but in some instances exceeded.

CBS Chicago–05/02/2013

Kevin Minter tackles Bishop Sankey. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Durkin: Best Available Round 2 Prospects

Phil Emery did it again.

670 The Score–04/26/2013

Luke Joeckel. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Durkin: NFL Mock Draft 3.0

It’s draft day eve, and NFL fans are downright giddy. This is the most unpredictable draft I can recall in years, simply because of the lackluster quarterback class.

CBS Chicago–04/24/2013

Will Luke Joeckel go No. 1? (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Durkin: NFL Mock Draft 2.0

It’s hard to believe that the NFL Draft is only two weeks away. Several recent quarterback transactions have shaken up my top-10, which has a cascading effect throughout the first round.

CBS Chicago–04/11/2013

Phil Emery. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Durkin: Emery Attempting To Close Talent Gap

Phil Emery wants to win now. He said it himself, and his roster moves – particularly those in the trade and free agent market – back up the rhetoric.

CBS Chicago–04/03/2013

Alec Ogletree.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Durkin: NFL Mock Draft 1.0

The frenzied period of free agency has come and gone, so it’s time to shift the focus to the draft.

CBS Chicago–03/22/2013

Alec Ogletree breaks up a pass.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Durkin: Finding Urlacher’s Replacement

Rarely, do professional athletes ride off into the sunset on their own terms. Brian Urlacher is no exception. For every Ray Lewis fairy tale ending, you have Brett Favre the Viking, Joe Montana the Chief, Karl Malone the Laker, and Michael Jordan the Wizard.

CBS Chicago–03/21/2013

Martellus Bennett pulls in a pass for a touchdown. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Playbook: Bennett Gives Bears Multi-Threat Tight End

Mere minutes into the 2013 league year, Phil Emery wasted no time addressing a profound need on the Bears roster, signing tight end Martellus Bennett to a four-year deal worth a reported $20 million.

CBS Chicago–03/13/2013

Phil Emery. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Durkin: Inside Emery’s Draft History

Let’s turn the tables and evaluate Emery, and look at his successes, failures, trends, and see how well he’s scouted positions the Bears should look to upgrade this April.

CBS Chicago–02/27/2013

Kellen Davis

Durkin: Explaining The NFL’s Salary Cap

Confused by the NFL salary cap? Dan Durkin is here to help.

CBS Chicago–02/18/2013

Michael Crabtree. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Super Bowl Pick: 49ers Win

There’s a strong possibility neither of these teams would be in position to win it all if they didn’t make bold, season-changing decisions.

CBS Chicago–02/01/2013

Bears general manager Phil Emery. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Durkin: Some Advice Phil Emery Didn’t Ask For, Part II

Here I am again, offering Emery a free consultation on some steps he can take to help the Bears find a companion for their lone Lombardi Trophy.

CBS Chicago–01/30/2013

Colin Kaepernick. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Durkin: Championship Round Picks

Here’s my take on how the Championship round will play out.

CBS Chicago–01/19/2013