With the 29th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Bears selected Gabe Carimi, and offensive tackle from Wisconsin. He is much needed help for our franchise quarterback.
Throw him in there and he's a starter on Day 1. And he's a starter for the next 10 years. He's got a little attitude and there's something
tough about him. He's a good football player."
"a big long-limbed leaner who answered the bell against better
competition as a senior against Iowa and Ohio State and added an
exclamation point at the Senior Bowl."
"a guy who loves to run block and will sustain those blocks. But he can
also take on great pass-rushers, and has shown enough that it figures
he could fill in at either tackle position early, potentially starting
on the right side with the goal to become a starting left tackle."
The 6-7, 315 pound lineman, won the Outland Trophy as the nation's best interior lineman. Carimi felt that he is the No. 1 tackle in the draft. He said:
"I'm physically strong and have more career starts and better knowledge of the game than any other tackle out there."