What the 1st Round Means For the Bears…(and other random thoughts about the draft)
Gabe Carimi became the 1st-round draft pick for the Bears in the 2011 Draft…
– While I was in the camp that the Bears should try to trade down; it became obvious that was probably NOT going to be an option once the top 3 QBs went in the first 10 picks.
-Carimi does represent good value for the Bears at #29;he was ranked 25th or higher in every pre-draft scouting report, and in most of those he was ranked higher than at least one of the OTs that was drafted ahead of him.
-Obviously, the Bears liked Carimi enough to be in talks with the Ravens about trading up (which would have been a HUGE mistake), for fear of the Chiefs taking Carimi two picks before us. But, overall, you have to be happy when you get a guy who you did not have to reach for, that also fills a huge need.
-There is still good value on the board at the other positions of need for the Bears—DT, WR, CB, and LB.
-This might spell the end of the Frank Omiyale experiment in Chicago. The only question is whether the Bears see Carimi at an LT; or if they are going to put him in at RT, and move Webb over to LT. I think this also means that there are absolutely NO PLANS to ever move Chris Williams back to tackle. He will be a guard.
-This means that the Bears have players besides WR Greg Little and DT Marvin Austin that they like at those positions in the 2nd, 3rd, or 4th rounds; because there is a good possibility both of those guys will be gone by the time the Bears pick in the 2nd round.
Thoughts on the Other Picks:
-Carolina will regret the Day they did not take Marcel Dareus or Patrick Peterson with the Number 1 Pick. Cam Newton has all the questions marks that were surrounding Tim Tebow last year—lack of experience under center; inaccurate at times; looks to run too soon—but without the professional attitude. Newton will be out of football before his first contract runs out.
-I know Detroit got good value for Nick Fairley, and I know Minnesota needed a QB, but I am really REALLY glad both of those teams passed on Da’Quan Bowers and Jimmy Smith.
-Pitt WR Jonathan Baldwin = Detroit-era Mike Williams.
-I am scratching my head with the Packers’ pick. Sherrod seems too soft for me; plus the Packers had bigger need on the DL and OLB.