The Bears First Round Pick: Gabe Carimi

| April 28th, 2011

Analysis From Me

Positives: He is a four-year starter in a great linemen conference.  Mike Mayock described him a a nasty player in the model of John Runyan.  He can start at either guard position or right tackle for the Bears tomorrow, allowing them to move J’Marcus Webb to left tackle as was discussed much of last year.  Also, Carimi thought he was the best tackle in the draft.  Welcome to Chicago.  Prove it.

Negatives: Struggles with some speed rushers due to inconsistent footwork, but that was on the left side primarily.  His athleticism is sometimes questioned for that reason but I’ll take grit and toughness over athleticism on the line any day.

Overall: I don’t love the pick.  I adore it.  I never thought it could happen.