Carimi Pick A Step In The "Right" Direction

To cut right to the chase, if I was to grade the Bears
performance in the 2011 draft, I would give them a solid "B" even a
B+.  The only blemish or "blunder" (if you may) would be the
mishandling of the deal with Baltimore
which ultimately cost us our 4th round pick.  However the Bears first
round pick of OT Gabe Carimi was a great move, and showed that we are serious
about improving our O-Line "quickly".

 The 6'7", 314lbs Carimi is
a magnificent talent with a solid football and personal back
ground. Carimi was also extremely instrumental in UOW's success in last
years Rose Bowl victory.  QB Jay Cutler was among the very first Bear team
mates to welcome Carimi to the team.  Carimi also met with O-Line coach
Mike Tice at Halas Hall.  Carimi then made an appearance at a Chicago
White Sox game.

I also "loved" the Bears pick of DT Stephen Paea who
was the "Ultimate Strong-Man" at this years combine by bench pressing
225lbs a record 49 reps (whose your daddy now fridge???).  Paea's strength
was apparent at the combines, and he's been characterized as a "great"
run-stopper and can effectively move O-Linemen off the box.  He's still
considerably short, but his massive strength may serve as a great equalizer.

Safety Chris Conte reminds me so-much of old Bears DB greats
Doug Plank or even Gary Fencik.  Conte is a fierce tackler who
plays the run very well.  However, he lacks ability in coverage.  OLB
JT Thomas is another player that could payoff huge dividends on special teams
if anywhere else.  Thomas has been noted for his great "speed"
and excellent lateral movement which also makes him formidable against the pass
as well.

That leaves Idaho QB Nathan Enderle.  At 6'5" and
233lbs, Enderle has all the physical attributes to be a successful QB in the
NFL, but he is still considered a work-in-progress.  Enderle's senior year
was his most productive where he posted 22 TDPs against 9 INTs.

According to the Tribune, the Bears are still looking to be
active in the free agent market once the labor situation gets resolved.
 Tribune writer Dan Pompei feels that Bears have made the moves that will
not only help them keep pace with Green
, but get their attention as well.

What do you say Chicago Bear Fans?????



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  • I would tend to agree for the most part. Does the lack of a wide receiver in the draft mean we have what we need??

  • Not by a long-short. Word has-it that Mike Martz did not except an extension past 2011. So, apparently the Bears will look to the free agent market to upgrade at the wide-out position. This was something that Martz did not want to do. He(Martz) was content with Knox & Hester, Management sees things differently.

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