Chicago Bears: Why the Gabe Carimi and Stephen Paea Made This a Perfect Draft
Chicago Bears made all the right moves
The Chicago Bears have had a history of blowing first round picks. Whether it was Cedric Benson, Chris Williams or a host of other players Chicago swung and missed on, the Bears have had trouble getting the draft right.
But 2011 might have been the year the Bears turned the corner on half baked drafts. With the first top 30 pick the Bears have had in years they managed to get the best value for their biggest need. Wisconsin offensive lineman Gabe Carimi should give them protection on the right side for years. This is big for a team that allowed Cutler to be sacked in the last year well over 50 times.
But the Bears may have had the steal of the draft when they traded up into the second round to get Oregon defensive tackle Stephen Paea. Paea was considered a first round pick but fell far enough for the Bears to make a move. With a system in the Cover-2 that relies on a solid three technique defensive tackle, Paea could make the Bears defense better than the broken down Tommie Harris did.
It’s not certain that these picks will pan out, but it’s hard to disagree with them on paper.
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