- Mike Tice was been very high on Carimi throughout the draft process. Tice’s son and Carimi played together at Wisconsin.
- A four-year starter at Wisconsin who excelled against top competition, Gabe Carimi is considered among the most NFL-ready prospects in the draft. “I think the kid is a plug-and-play right tackle,” wrote NFL Network’s Mike Mayock. “Throw him in there and he’s a starter on Day 1. And he’s a starter for the next 10 years. He’s got a little attitude and there’s something tough about him. He’s a good football player.”
- Gabe Carimi won the Outland Trophy last season as the nation’s best interior lineman. The 6-7, 314-pounder said at the NFL Combine that he felt he was the No. 1 tackle in the draft because “I’m physically strong and have more career starts and better knowledge of the game than any other tackle out there.”
- “I have a better resume of going against better talent than anyone else, so that makes me more [pro] ready,” Carimi said at the NFL Combine.
- “He looks to punish defensive ends on every play. His non-stop motor, coupled with his ideal size, make him a terror in the running game and he has enough athleticism to hold his own in pass protection. Like all tall lineman, Carimi struggles at times with leverage and may have to make the move to right tackle in the NFL. Overall, Carimi is a beast who should be picked in the middle of the first round.”
- ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. wrote that Gabe Carimi is “a guy who loves to run block and will sustain those blocks. But he can also take on great pass-rushers, and has shown enough that it figures he could fill in at either tackle position early, potentially starting on the right side with the goal to become a starting left tackle.”
- General Manager Jerry Angelo said the Bears were targeting offensive and defensive linemen in the first round and felt fortunate to land such a quality player in Wisconsin OT Gabe Carimi. Angelo also said that the Bears did a lot of work on Carimi and “we feel we know as much as you can know about this player.”
- Close Call: Bears were trying to trade up to acquire Carimi with Ravens pick at 26. Got their guy and all draft picks remain intact. Smart move.
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