Chicago Bears draft tackle Gabe Carimi with 29th overall pick
The Chicago Bears got their man.
After a bit of confusion and perhaps a little desperation, the Bears drafted offensive tackle Gabe Carimi, out of Wisconsin, with the 29th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft on Thursday night.
“I had a great feeling I would end up with the Bears,” Carimi told reporters in a conference call. “I can’t be happier.”
General manager Jerry Angelo did something uncharacteristic when the Bears were attempting to trade up three spots to take the Wisconsin native. There was talk that the Kansas City Chiefs, who had a pick at No. 27, had interest.
But there was some confusion.
The Bears indeed agreed to the trade with the Baltimore Ravens but failed to complete the paperwork necessary. But luckily it panned out and Chicago got their man.
It was actually a surprise that Carimi slipped as far as he did, with most expecting him to be taken by the middle of the first round.
“It really honestly doesn’t matter to me,” he said. “The Bears picked me. I converted about 100 Packers fans to Bears fans. I cannot wait to play for (line coach) Mike Tice.”
Carimi will be one of the guys on the line in charge of making sure quarterback Jay Cutler stays upright, after he was sacked a league-high 56 times in 2010.
I like the pick of Carimi. I like it a lot.
I like his confidence. I like his cockiness. I like his skills. I like that he flat-out called himself the best tackle in the draft. That’s the attitude you want a player to have.
I admit that there was a part of me that believed that either Angelo would trade out of the first round, as exhibited in years past, or that he would draft another defensive player when the clear and obvious need of this team is on the offensive line.
But he made the right choice-for once.
I think he deserves one round of applause. Just this one time.