As Usual, Bears Could Be Trading Out Of First Round

CHICAGO (WSCR) — Just two weeks out from the 2011 NFL Draft, and the conversation surrounding the Chicago Bears is relatively the same. The Bears need to either protect quarterback Jay Cutler or improve their aging defensive line.

There’s roughly five offensive linemen who are widely considered to be first-round caliber: Tyron Smith, Anthony Castonzo, Gabe Carimi, Nate Solder and Derek Sherrod.

“If one of those guys, like a Derek Sherrod from Mississippi State slips, you have to take him,” Matt Bowen, of the National Football Post said on the Mully and Hanley Show. “Then with defensive line, Corey Liuget from Illinois, I know his stock is through the roof right now. If for some reason there was a run on another position, say quarterbacks late in the first, and he slips, take him.”

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The Bears haven’t had a first round draft pick for the last two drafts, so there’s a shortage of prospects with elite potential, but as always, the Bears seem to value quantity over high-end quality.

“I see Jerry [Angelo] trading down,” Bowen said. “Because he can’t reach at No. 29. If there’s no one there, they’re going to trade down and try to stock pile some picks.”

2011 Chicago Bears Draft Picks
Round: 1, Pick: 29, Overall: 29
Round: 2, Pick: 30, Overall: 62
Round: 3, Pick: 29, Overall: 93
Round: 4, Pick: 30, Overall: 127
Round: 5, Pick: 29, Overall: 160
Round: 6, Pick: 30, Overall: 195

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  • Dan Rakow

    Here is my mock First Round NFL Draft
    1. Carolina-Da’Quan Bowers DE,Clemson
    2. Denver-Marcell Dareus DT,Alabama
    3. Buffalo-Blaine Gabbert QB,Missouri
    4. Cincinnati-Cam Newton QB,Auburn
    5. Arizona-Von Miller LB,Texas A&M
    6. Cleveland-A.J. Green WR,Georgia
    7. San Francisco-Patrick Peterson DB,LSU
    8. Tennessee-Nick Fairly DT, Auburn
    9. Dallas-Tyron Smith T,USC
    10. Washington-Julio Jones WR,Alabama
    11. Houston-Prince Amukamara CB,Nebraska
    12. Minnesota-Jake Locker QB,Washington
    13. Detroit-Mark Ingram RB,Alabama
    14. St. Louis-Ryan Kerrigan DE, Purdue
    15. Miami-Gabe Carini OL,Wisconsin
    16. Jacksonville-Robert Quinn DE,North Carolina
    17. New England-Justin Houston LB,Georgia
    (From Oakland)
    18. San Diego-Mike Pouncey OL,Florida
    19. NY Giants-Akeem Ayers LB,UCLA
    20. Tampa Bay-Jimmy Smith CB,Colorado
    21. Kansas City-Aldon Smith DE,Missouri
    22. Indianapolis-Brandon Harris DB,Miami,FL
    23. Philadelphia-Corey Liuget DT,Illinois
    24. New Orleans-J.J. Watt DE,Wisconsin
    25. Seattle-Ryan Mallett QB,Arkansas
    26. Baltimore-Torrey Smith WR,Maryland
    27. Atlanta- Muhammad Wilkerson DT,Temple
    28. New England-Anthony Castonzo OL,Boston College
    29. Bears(Chicago)-Nate Solder OL,Colorado
    30 NY Jets-Randall Cobb WR,Kentucky
    31. Pittsburgh-Aaron Williams DB,Texas
    32. Green Bay-Jurrell Casey DL,USC
    Second Round
    48. Oakland-Clint Boling OL,Georgia

  • Brian Holtz

    Clearly the greatest need and primary roadblock to the Bears playoff hopes is a good LT. The reason a LT may slip to the Bears at 29 is because they are not the best available. The LT the Bears need is Gabe Carimi. He is experienced in stopping Big 10 pass rushers, improved every year and is clearly the best run blocker. The best run blocker is critical, especially in the playoffs, to keep the ball away from high powered offenses. Carimi is projected by most to go in the 21-25 slots.

    The Bears have a window of opportunity with an aging defense. The offense MUST be fixed now to protect Cutler and his future. The price will be high to pay for past mistakes, the Bears #1, #2 and #3 choices. (See the ESPN Value Chart) By trading down to 17, they may be able to pick up a 3rd or 4th round in return in the process. There will be some good, not great, players available in the those rounds to shore up other areas such as DT, OG and WR.

    Miami is said to love QB Ryan Mallet, who looks like the reincarnation of Dan Marino, limited mobility with a cannon. It is likely they can get him at #29 and may be a possible trade partner at #15. If Carimi is there at #15, pull the trigger. New England is always listening to trade offers at #17. The Bears could trade down a slot or two for the right offer and still get Carimi (hopefully not below 17 to risk losing Carimi at #17). If someone jumps over them at #17, then settle for Costanza, still a significant upgrade who will surely be gone by #29.

    Here is my suggest draft for da Bears:
    R1 #17 LT Gabe Carimi – protecting Cutler is Job 1
    R4 #127 OG John Moffitt – now we can run left behind the Wisconsin line.
    R5 #160 C Jake Kirkpatrick – Leader on TCU’s line that can pass and run block
    R6 #195 CB Byron Maxwell – tall, fast, tough corner who can play special teams

    If we follow the chart in the trade down from #15 to #17 for New England’s 3rdR #92, we would have to trade our R5 #160 to even things up. A R3 #92 would probably get us DT Terrel McClain or a big, blocking WR, Greg Little or Terrence Toliver.

    Lets look to free agency or next year (if we can wait) to shore up other positions. My top priority in Free Agency would be Carl Nicks, the dominant run and pass blockingOG with New Orleans, who was originally a RT at Nebraska.

    Incidently, we should also try to trade underperforming players, who might do better with a change of scenery. How about trading with Washington – Chris Williams LT/LG and DT Marcus Harrison for DT Haynesworth. Haynesworth is potential trouble, but Chicago is the best place for him. He wants to play in a
    4-3, we have an excellent defensive coach who communicates well with players and older players around him who recognize what he can bring. He is out of shape and takes plays off, but we rotate the defensive line to offset that problem.

  • Glockster

    I wouldn’t be a bit surprised to see Bears trade down. Apparently, it is better for Jerry to blow a second and a third instead of blowing a first rounder.

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