May 2nd, 2011
by bearsbacker

Bears first-round pick, OT, Gabe Carimi (No.29) threw out the first pitch yesterday at the Chicago White Sox/Baltimore Orioles game at US Cellular Field. But him and the rest of the Bears draft class didn’t grade out well with Yahoo Sports feature writer Jason Cole.

Here is what Cole had to say about the Bears draft, which he graded the worst out of any of the NFL teams.

“This is a grade on principle. If you agree to a trade, you should follow through on it. GM Jerry Angelo’s wimpy way of backing out of his deal with Baltimore is just unmanly. This is the same guy who once complained about San Francisco tampering with Lance Briggs(notes). No GM in the league should ever trust Angelo again and to do that to a person as classy as Ozzie Newsome is just ridiculous. The Bears should have sent the pick to the Ravens simply as an apology. Beyond that, Angelo guessed wrong about who Kansas City was going to take and ended up getting Carimi anyway. Here’s even more bad news: Carimi isn’t that good and doesn’t fit what the Bears want to do. Paea in the second round was a solid pick, even if he cost a lot to get, but Conte was a stretch in the third round.”

Honestly the Bears made a mistake by ripping the Ravens out of a fourth-round pick, but the NFL didn’t rule on the situation, so can we stop all of the talk about it? Cole claims that Carimi doesn’t fit the offense, but what is wrong with a big 6’7″ run blocking tackle, it will be a big improvement from the Frank Omiyale/J’Marcus Webb combo the Bears had at tackle last season.

Atleast he agrees Paea is a good pick, Conte may be a little bit of a reach, but if you watched him play in college you’d want to take a chance at him too. Conte has a lot of potential.

The last two picks QB Nathan Enderle and LB J.T. Thomas are hardworking players, who have a lot of potential, but will need to show a lot this off-season to impress coaches and fans.

The Bears shouldn’t have received a grade as low as an F by any analyst especially based on a mistake in a trade, which was clearly the Bears fault. The 2011 Bears draft picks will be good, they might not play right away, but in the long run we will hopefully look back at this draft and say it was a success for Jerry Angelo and Co.

All quotes from Yahoo Sports.

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