April 29th, 2011
by bearsbacker

The Chicago Bears seem very pleased with selecting Gabe Carimi with their first round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.

Why wouldn’t they be? Carimi could be the biggest steal of the draft.

General Manager Jerry Angelo and head coach Lovie Smith had a lot to say about Carimi. This is step one to improving this Chicago Bears team.

I’m sure Bears management has a checklist somewhere and on the top read “stud offensive lineman.” They can now check that off of the list.

Here’s what GM Jerry Angelo had to say about Carimi:

“He really does fit the profile we are looking for,” Angelo said.

“I am very happy that he was there,” said general manager Jerry Angelo. “We did a lot of work on him. We feel very comfortable with him. Is he a perfect player? He is not a perfect player. All players are flawed. [But] we liked the fit for this player. We like what he brings to us intangibly.

“We wanted to get better up front and I feel like we were able to accomplish that. He is a seasoned player and I feel that it is not unrealistic for this guy to come in and help us this year.”

Here’s what head coach Lovie Smith had to say about Carimi:

“Loved Gabe from the start,” Smith said. “[I] just think he’s gonna bring toughness to our offensive line. As far as what position he’ll play, we don’t have to make those decisions right now. As far as how soon we’ll see him playing, we’re just gonna have to let him get into the group.”

All quotes are from ESPNChicago.com and ChicagoBears.com

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