Remember all the work general manager Jerry Angelo did with Boston College?
He attended at least two BC games in 2007 and the Bears have seen the Chestnut, Mass., school as much as any north of the Mason-DIxon line and along the East Coast over the last two years after drafting guard Josh Beekman out of there in 2007.
Angelo was in South Bend, Ind., last season when the Eagles were there. That’s the day guard Ryan Poles’ season ended with a torn left Achilles tendon. The Bears liked him then and like him now. A source told the Sun-Times they are bringing Poles in for a tryout this weekend during their rookie minicamp. Provided his injury is cleared by the team’s medical staff, he will sign a free-agent contract.
Joining Poles from BC will be defensive end Nick Larkin, who is also showing up for a tryout.
Poles spent the last several months rehabilitating with noted trainer Chip Smith in Duluth, Ga. Smith is the same trainer who has done extensive work with Brian Urlacher in the past. At 6-4, 290, Poles is an athletic guard who does well getting to the second level and pulling. It’s not known if he’s sturdy enough to handle the NFL.
Montana offensive tackle Cody Balogh, who has signed a free-agent deal, is listed as a tackle but some project him as a guard as well. Balogh, 6-6, 319 pounds, doesn’t have a lot of range and struggles with speed rushers. He’s trying to make the move from the I-AA school to Sundays like former New York Giant Scott Gragg, a standout for the Griz in the 1990’s.
Balgoh started nearly his entire four-year career at Montana. So between these two and seventh-round picks Chester Adams and Kirk Barton, the Bears are hopeful they’ll turn up one prospect with upside to develop on the interior of the line. Barton played tackle at Ohio State but some project him inside. Adams also played tackle in school at Georgia, but nearly everyone projects him inside.