April 29th, 2011
by bearsbacker

Well QB Cam Newton went to the Carolina Panthers number one, no surprise there. LB Von Miller went to the Denver Broncos, Marcell Dareus to the Bills and A.J. Green went to the Bengals. It will be interesting to see what happens throughout the rest of the draft. The Bears could be wind up with a good player at the end of the first round.

Here are some options for the Bears at #29:

-OT Gabe Carimi would be a beast on the line for the Bears, but the Bears would be lucky if he fell to them because he has been rising on draft boards.

-OT Derek Sherrod is probably the most likely offensive tackle to be available at the Bears spot.

-DT Marvin Austin from North Carolina would be a surprise pick considering the Bears need an offensive tackle more than anything, considering the Bears offensive line gave up a league high 56 sacks. Picking Austin would be settling in my mind because offensive line is a bigger need for the Bears, but I wouldn’t mind him.

-DT Phil Taylor from Baylor could be an option considering he would likely be available. The big defensive tackle would be a solid fit in Lovie Smith’s defense.

-DT Muhammad Wilkerson would be a solid pick as well, but he might be a little bit of a reach.

-WR Jonathan Baldwin. The real question is, would the Bears draft a wide receiver in the first round? I don’t think so, but Baldwin would be solid in the Bears offense. Baldwin has the size (6’4″) and speed to be a starting wide receiver in the NFL.

-Trading down could be an option if no players at #29 have a first-round grade. If the top five tackles are gone and the Bears don’t feel happy with the spot there don’t be surprised if they move down.

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