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Bears close out draft with OT Barton, WR Monk

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The Bears closed out their biggest draft since getting 12 players in 2003 by taking Ohio State offensive tackle Kirk Barton at No. 247 and following with Arkansas wide receiver Marcus Monk at No. 248.

That's three offensive linemen total. Barton has been projected by some as a guard. He was a captain at Ohio State and has right knee issues. He did not work out at the combine but made 42 career starts in school. The ACL in the knee was reconstructed in 2005 and then he had a scope on the same knee.

It finishes a big day with 10 picks, two trades and plenty of hope. Monk is the fifth SEC player taken today and sixth total.

No, the Bears do not have a quarterback. They're expected to sign one as an undrafted free agent.

General manager Jerry Angelo is going to be downstairs soon to discuss the entire draft along with coach Lovie Smith.

We're going to tune into that action and work toward the looming deadlines for the print edition. But we'll check back as soon as we can with more info and we'll wrap it up late tonight as we did Saturday at midnight.

Talk about a full weekend. Check back soon for more information.

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Great coverage Brad! Good luck with the deadlines...

this boy is nice i like him... it's all about personel and creating mismatches...http://youtube.com/watch?v=2RYIO-KWJs8

what happen to Chris Leak?

Great another guy with knee issues. How exciting.

JA loves to get injured players that other teams pass on, they are very good players that drop due to injury. If they rehab ok then we get a steal.
Monk would seem to fit that - Hope he is injury free by the time we need him. If so he will be a very good wr.

Draft had an interesting twist in that if these guys who dropped because of prior injuries or character issues can be back to what they were, then the picks were excellent. The potential for the opposite is there also, Angelo must like to visit Vegas. Monk could be real interesting in that if he gets healthy and learns how to release at the line of scrimmage, you could have another Amani Toomer type at a bargain price. His hands are off the chart, if he touches it, it's his. Bowman is a hitter if he gets healthy, similar to Chris Harris, who they should have NEVER gave up! I think the Bears were not impressed with what was available in rounds 3 to 6 as far as offensive line help goes, sure didn't add to the depth like alot of people thought they were early into the draft. If Williams were to get hurt, the OL is really gonna be a joke. It will be Rex the Wreck for sure then.

Draft had an interesting twist in that if these guys who dropped because of prior injuries or character issues can be back to what they were, then the picks were excellent. The potential for the opposite is there also, Angelo must like to visit Vegas. Monk could be real interesting in that if he gets healthy and learns how to release at the line of scrimmage, you could have another Amani Toomer type at a bargain price. His hands are off the chart, if he touches it, it's his. Bowman is a hitter if he gets healthy, similar to Chris Harris, who they should have NEVER gave up! I think the Bears were not impressed with what was available in rounds 3 to 6 as far as offensive line help goes, sure didn't add to the depth like alot of people thought they were early into the draft. If Williams were to get hurt, the OL is really gonna be a joke. It will be Rex the Wreck for sure then.

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