Bears Draft Rumors And Whispers Around The NFL

Need Meets Trend: Offensive Tackle From SEC Chosen In Middle Of Draft

  • Aaron Wilson from the National Football Post says the Bears and OT Lee Ziemba from Auburn have spent time, among other teams, during the NFL Combine.  Ziemba is 6-6, 317, and an award-winning lineman from the National Champion Auburn Tigers.  He’s a “rising prospect” according to rumors.  Mocking the Draft has Ziemba rated as the 8th-best OT and 139th overall prospect.  These experts had us taking him in the 4th round.  It seems like he’s a lineman we have been targeting.  Plus, we take an SEC guy every year in the middle of the draft.  2010: Major Wright, Fla – 3rd round.  2009: D.J. Moore, Vanderbilt – 4th round.  2008: Earl Bennett, Vandy – 3rd round and Craig Steltz, LSU – 4th round.  2006: Mark Anderson, Alabama – 5th round.
  • Nothing shocking: A high-ranking official from a team selecting in the upper half of the second round told the Chicago Tribune Wednesday night that the Chicago Bears have made it known the No. 29 pick could be for sale.  The team executive, who spoke about the Bears trading down, represents picks before No. 42. “Trading down is easier to do and if there’s enough players on the board when it’s our pick, and it makes sense, then it’s something that we would consider very seriously as what we’ve done in the past,” Angelo said last week.
  • According to Brad Biggs:  “As for center, the Bears have confidence Edwin Williams can do the job if Kreutz, an unrestricted free agent, doesn’t return, which remains a possibility. There even have been discussions about moving Chris Williams to center, which would be a stunning admission for a team that drafted Williams 14th overall in 2008 to be the left tackle of the future.  On the other hand, the 6-6, 315-pound Williams would provide the added bulk Tice is looking for. Because his strength is his intelligence, he could make the line calls required of a center. The lack of aggressiveness he has displayed at guard and tackle would be less of a concern at center, where he would be required to make fewer one-on-one blocks.” All the more reason to believe the club will upgrade the perimeter protecting Jay before the interior.  Surrounding Cutler’s on the outer side with solid bookend tackles is more of a pressing need than addressing the inside of the offensive line.  Both are pressing areas of need; however, it seems to me coach Tice is more willing to roll the dice at guard/center.  At tackle, you could use some real talent.
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