Bears' prospect Gabe Carimi says he's the "best tackle out there"

Bears' prospect Gabe Carimi says he's the "best tackle out there"

If you're buying what many of the league analysts are selling, you might have an inclining that Bears are leaning toward an offensive tackle with their 29th overall pick in the 2011 draft.

If you're also wondering who that might be, the overwhelming majority seem to agree that one option could be Wisconsin tackle Gabe Carimi.

But lets back up a second. In GM Jerry Angelo's 10 years with the Bears, he has drafted two offensive tackles in the first round of the draft, Marc Colombo and Chris Williams; neither of which worked out for the team.

So, perhaps this time Angelo should put his expertise aside - whatever it may be regarding offensive talent - and let his prospects do the thinking for him. Or should I say talking...

Carimi is certainly happy to do that. If Angelo is attuned to listen, that is.

Gabe met the media on Thursday, at the NFL combine, and explained to them why he is, quote, "the best tackle out there."

"Four potential first-round players I've gone against this year," Carimi said. "I have a better resume of going against better talent than anyone else."

"I know I'm the best tackle out there, so I'm just going to play like it and act like it. I have a better knowledge of the game than any other tackle out there."

"I've been [in a] pro-style offense for four years, and I've only missed three games in all four. I'm a draft-ready tackle that will be able to start in the NFL this year."

"I'm a physical player...I'm the strongest tackle [in the draft]."

When asked if he's been approached by any team about the possibility of him playing guard he said, "No, no one's talking to me about guard. I'm a tackle and I've got the skill level to play tackle."

Carimi has in fact played - and played well - at the guard position.

One of the reporters asked Gabe what he would do in the event that there is an NFL work stoppage in 2011, "Not spend money, I guess! No, in all seriousness, I'm going to prepare to start playing football."

While many have the Bears choosing Carimi in the first round, it would surely be a steal if he were actually still there come time for the Bears' choice.

One analyst for ESPN, draft guru Mel Kiper, expects Wisconsin OT Gabe Carimi to be drafted just prior to the Bears pick in the first round.

One thing's for sure, wherever Gabe Carimi lands, there will be no shortage of confidence on the offensive line. Even if it is just coming out of Gabe's mouth.

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