Marinelli Takes Two Former Busts Under His Wing

It's been a busy weekend thus far for the Bears. They signed two former first round draft picks to add depth to the defensive line, Amobi Okoye (10th overall in 2007) and Vernon Gholsten (6th overall in 2008).

Okoye will be in the fold at the three technique, previously anchored by Tommie Harris. He was drafted out of Louisville by the Texans at 19 years old. The bottom line on him is that he was drafted as a kid in a man's game and he has a lot of upside.

Gholsten will hope to provide a pass rush opposite of Julius Peppers. A bit undersized to be a defensive end, the Jets converted him to be an outside linebacker in the 3-4 after playing his collegiate career at Ohio State as an end.

Defensive line coach Rod Marinelli is regarded around the league at one of the best. He will take the former first round draft picks and help them realize their potential.

Although, they're not the biggest names in this year's free agency, they are low-risk, high-reward.

Gholsten highlights from the Ohio State


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