“It worked out. We got our player.” The offensive tackle Bears GM Jerry Angelo desired all along fell right into his lap at 29. He didn’t even have to trade up to get him. He actually considered trading up to get the big mauler. The team was that high on him.
It was no secret that the Bears were actively attempting to find a trade partner to move up from 29 because Carimi was still on the board in the high 20s.
“We tried several times, and talked to other people,” Angelo said. “But it didn’t work out.”
So when Carimi dropped to 29, the Bears didn’t have much of a debate on who they were going to select.
“It was pretty easy about that time,” Angelo said. “It was a pretty obvious pick for us.”
However, had Carimi been unavailable for the Bears at 29, they would’ve been locked in on choosing Oregon State defensive tackle Stephen Paea.
When was the last time you felt this good about a Bears first-round draft pick? I really like knowing our team has a plan and they executed it to perfection. Finally, a draftee that I’m unafraid to get a second helping of scouting reports on. The more I read, the more I like the pick. Carimi looks like a keeper. Rarely, do you ever find a keeper who also fits a need with the 29th pick. A late first-round steal! Usually, it’s an early second or third round reach after trading out of the late first round.
Extra Scoop of Carimi: Carimi is simply a “bad man”. Carimi is a massive tackle that plays mean and looks to dominate opponents. Heady player that recognizes blitzes and adjusts quickly. Delivers a powerful punch and effectively locks out his arms to push rushers past the pocket in pass protection. Moves well for a big man and smothers defenders in the running game.
Next up, Day 2 cheat sheet: wide receiver, secondary, defensive line, running back. Which position is first on your checklist? I believe the Bears make it their mission to find a playmaker for Jay in the second or third round. It’s a priority, something major the team needs to address.
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