2011 NFL Draft - Chicago Bears
Wisconsin OT Gabe Carimi
Wisconsin OT Gabe Carimi
Posted Apr 30, 2011

Chicago Bears - NFC North, 2011 Draft Selections & Prospects

Chicago Bears

2011 NFL Draft Analysis
1st Round (1-5) | 1st Round (6-10) | 1st Round (11-15) | 1st Round (16-20)
1st Round (21-25) | 1st Round (26-32) | 2nd Round | 3rd Round
4th Round | 5th Round | 6th Round | 7th Round | Top Free Agents

2011 NFL Draft Team Analysis - AFC
EAST Buffalo | Miami | New England | NY Jets
WEST Denver | Kansas CityOakland | San Diego
NORTH Baltimore | Cincinnati  Cleveland | Pittsburgh
SOUTH Houston | Indy | Jacksonville | Tennessee

2011 NFL Draft Team Analysis - NFC
EAST Dallas | NY Giants | Philadelphia | Washington
WEST Arizona | San Francisco | Seattle | St. Louis
NORTH Chicago | Detroit | Green Bay | Minnesota
SOUTH Atlanta | Carolina | New Orleans | Tampa Bay 

- 2010 Chicago Draft Breakdown

First Round  
OT Gabe Carimi, Wisconsin 6-7, 314
Overall Pick No. 29 CFN Overall Ranking: 22

The Bears had been barking for weeks about wanting to trade down, but if they were going to stay put, Carimi was among the most obvious picks in the draft. The worst offensive line in the NFL was getting Jay Cutler killed, and Carimi had been the target all along. There weren't any left tackle options, and there was no way, no how the offense could go into the season with J'Marcus Webb, a seventh round pick last year, protecting Mr. Cavallari's blind side.

CFN Analysis: Very, very big and very, very tough, the Outland Trophy winner beat up the best the brightest defensive linemen the Big Ten had to offer, and he was the key part of the puzzle on a great run blocking line. There's no real work needing to be done with his technique or his style; plug him in and let him go. Can he stay healthy? He got cut way too much and was chopped down, but he still has injury concerns. While he might not be athletic enough to handle the speediest NFL pass rushers, he'll be a very steady, very good starter for a decade somewhere on a line. Outside of injury concerns, there's no real downside.
CFN Projection: First Round 

Second Round    
DT Stephen Paea, Oregon State 6-1,
Overall Pick No. 53 CFN Overall Ranking: 21

A terrific move to give away a fourth round pick to move up to get an anchor for a defensive line that loses Tommie Harris and desperately needed a very strong, very active anchor to revolve around. If nothing else, no one will shove him around and he fills a very glaring need. This is a terrific pick considering the run on defensive lineman. When Marvin Austin was gone, the Bears had to make this play to get the great value. They got the one star tackle left on the board.

CFN Analysis: Prospects who destroy the weight room at the NFL Combine rarely work out well as real, live players, but Paea should be the exception. One of the strongest players to ever enter the NFL, he threw 49 reps of 225 up like he was benching a broom. A true nose with quickness to go along with his strength, he can also work in a 4-3 without a problem. He can beat up centers and can rip into the backfield with a variety of decent moves, but he needs to keep developing. While he might not be a franchise anchor, he won't be heard from for long stretches, and he won't go to Hawaii every year, he'll always bring the effort and he'll be a productive lineman for a decade.
CFN Projection: Second Round

Third Round   
FS Chris Conte, California 6-2, 197
Overall Pick No. 93 CFN Overall Ranking: Unranked

The former outside linebacker looked great at times, but he's hardly a polished, finished product. The Bears still have lots of work to do on the offensive line, and receiver is a must area that has to be dealt with, but they also needed a defensive back. Conte will bring the effort and he'll be great against the run, but he's a guy; that's it. The Bears need a sure-thing, high-level producer, and Conte isn't it.

CFN Analysis: Big and fast, he has the frame with a long, lean build that's perfect for an NFL free safety. With decent straight-line speed and the ability to get to the ball in a hurry, he makes plenty of plays and is strong against the run. Always around the play, his effort and efficiency get the job done. He's not the best of athletes and he doesn't bring a lot of pop to his hits. Just okay in pass coverage, he doesn't come up with the big plays needed, and he ended up working as a strong safety at the end of last year. He doesn't have the NFL tools, but he should be solid in nickel and dime packages.
CFN Projection: Free Agent  

Fifth Round    
QB Nathan Enderle, Idaho 6-4, 240
Overall Pick No. 160 CFN Overall Ranking: 188

CFN Analysis: It seems like he was at Idaho for 14 years. Experience isn't a problem, and he has perfect size and arms strength, but he makes way too many mistakes and he was beaten up way too much partly because he hung on to the ball. A pure bomber who does a great job of seeing the field, he'll have moments when he looks unstoppable. Getting the ball out quickly is a problem and he's not going to move more than two steps, but if he gets behind a good line he could be an interesting bomber who has a big game here or there as a No. 2 option.
CFN Projection: Sixth Round

Sixth Round   
OLB J.T. Thomas, West Virginia 6-1, 241
Overall Pick: 195   CFN Overall Ranking: Unranked
A nice athlete who can hit big and work hard, he moves well enough to look the part and he does whatever is needed. Put him on special teams or as a backup and it won't matter; he'll be ready. However, he came up with a rough Combine showing no pop or jumping ability whatsoever, and he'll be blown up by anyone who blocks him, he could be a last man on the roster by trying harder than everyone else and busting his tail on special teams.
CFN Projection: Free Agent