In 1961, the Chicago Bears’ first-round pick was a player known as “The Hammer”, real name Mike Ditka. About 30 minutes ago, the Bears chose their newest player, known as “The Jewish Hammer”, Wisconsin offensive tackle Gabe Carimi.
It was quite obvious the Bears had a pressing need on the offensive line, a position ignored with high draft choices throughout the Jerry Angelo era. I thought their need at three technique defensive tackle was more pressing, since that position is key to Lovie Smith’s defense.
But I couldn’t be happier with the Bears’ pick. Many experts had Carimi long gone before the 20th selection. I thought there were many surprise selections prior to Chicago’s, allowing a high-quality guy that can play either tackle position to slip surprisingly to the Bears. Additionally, the draft is deep in defensive linemen, and I’m confident we’ll find a player there in the second or third round. I’d also be ecstatic to see the Bears get a good guard or center like Penn State’s Stefan Wisnieswki with their next pick.
Despite the fact that Carimi is a Badger from Monona, WI, a suburb of Madison, he seems happy to be a Bear. According to Larry Mayer of chicagobears.com, Carimi just said he’s “happy his first NFL game will be as a Bear,” and he’s “pumped” for it.
When that first game will be is the question.
Another question-since the organization has been talking up J’Marcus Webb as a potential prototypical left tackle, do they flip and start Carimi at right for his rookie year? It’s not like Webb is a veteran.
Last question, so do you admit defeat with Chris Williams and cut him? He’s obviously not a guard, and obviously not in the plans at tackle, unless he’ll be the reserve/swing tackle until his contract is up in 2012.
Really last question, same thing with Frank Omiyale. Not a guard. Not a right tackle. Best fit at left tackle, but not a very good one at that. Signed at around $2 million a year. Lots of decisions to be made on castoffs here.