Bears NFL Draft Preview: Making Predictions on their Picks


Last year's NFL Draft was pretty boring for you- the Chicago Bears fan. No first round pick because of the Jay Cutler trade,
but this week should be much more interesting. Despite having such a
successful season that yields Chicago picking #29, the Bears have plenty
of needs: safety, center, wide receiver, and most overwhelmingly of

Specifically tackle, although don't be shocked if they first look to
the other side and take a d-tackle to shore up their weaknesses inside.

Since Tommie Harris is gone, someone like Baylor's Phil Taylor or Illini stud Corey Liuget could be there when they're on the board.

Angelo loves to trade down, and acquire more picks; as he's done that
in roughly a third of his drafts. But I'm not going to predict any
trades here in mocking the Bears first three rounds. And remember this
on draft day- no NFL team is more loyal to their draft picks than Halas
Hall. So if you hate their choices this week/weekend, sorry, these guys
are going to be around for awhile.

29. Chicago Gabe Carimi, OT/G, Wisconsin

We know the Bears
offensive tackles are TERRIBLE. And we know Jerry Angelo is AWFUL at
making personnel decisions! But they need to do something in April,
since you and I could probably start at offensive tackle for them.
Provided you and I were both 300+ pounds and able to power clean a
small battleship.

Carimi, a 6-7, 327 senior from Cottage Grove
Wisconsin who's looking like a top ten pick in April's draft. Carimi
was named preseason First-team All-American by Lindy's and Consensus
Draft Services, as well as first-team All-American and All-Big Ten
by Athlon Sports.

He's shown both power and agility in pushing off defenders and
opening holes. He's arguably the top tackle in this draft, as his
physical attributes set him apart from the rest: long arms, quick feet,
and solid footwork.

Although he has a lot of experience and size, but he still lacks
athleticism and technique. Also, scouts have no idea if he'll play on
the right or left side in the NFL and that could hurt his draft
stock. He took over Joe Thomas' (#3 overall pick in 2007) starting
spot protecting the QB's blind side, and never looked back.

"I was a freshman that year, so I took some technique from him," Carimi said about what he learned from Thomas.


30. Chicago Bears Clint Boling, OT, Georgia

They seriously should consider taking a OL in all seven rounds, just so they can get at least one or two to pan out


29. Chicago, Jabaal Sheard, DE/OLB, Pittsburgh

Like almost every other player on Pitt, he was arrested in the past
year. That is a cause for concern, especially in today's NFL. Maybe he'd
be better off in a smaller NFL market in a sleepy town with less


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