Could Jerry Angelo be fixing to make like George Jefferson and go “movin’ on up” when the draft begins Saturday?
Well, if you’ve checked out Armando Salguero’s story today in the Miami Herald, maybe it’s in the cards. Salguero reports that the Bears are among four teams considering options to move up and snare Boston College quarterback Matt Ryan. It’s a pretty good bet that any of the teams holding a top four pick—Miami, St. Louis, Atlanta and Oakland—would love the opportunity to move down and collect more selections while getting out from under the burden of a massive rookie contract.
The Inside the Bears staff will believe this scenario when we see it (that's not to say it isn't entirely possible for the other teams mentioned). There’s more smoke being created now that we’re five days away from the draft than you’d get at a four-alarm blaze at a lumber yard. Angelo has yet to trade up on Day 1 of the draft in six years, and moving into the top few picks to snare Ryan seems implausible. Remember, Angelo traded out of the No. 4 spot in 2003 and did all he could to deal out of it again in 2005. The problem is, it’s hard to find takers for those spots.
But if he believes Ryan is THE SOLUTION, the one who can put an end to the quarterback carousel in these parts, then he’d well served to look long and hard at all options. Angelo saw Boston College in person at least twice. He could have been scouting offensive tackle Gosder Cherilus as much or more than Ryan. We’ll see soon.