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Search for Gilmore replacement leads to college ranks

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Could be the Bears wait until draft weekend to explore a replacement for third tight end John Gilmore.

Veteran free agent Aaron Walker visited Halas Hall March 12 and remains a possibility, but with the draft 3 1/2 weeks away now it could be the organization will see what that weekend brings before making a move.

One possibility is LSU’s Keith Zinger, who tight ends coach Rob Boras worked out Tuesday in Baton Rouge, La. Zinger is a physical player at 6-4, 270 pounds, who made 32 career starts for the Tigers. He was rarely used in the passing game in school, but the Bears are looking for someone who can be a solid in-line blocker in short yardage and goalline situations.

Zinger, who pulled up with a tweaked hamstring running the 40-yard dash last week at LSU’s pro day, is a good athlete with a little bit of flexibility and a hard worker. He was not invited to the combine.

He will make a pre-draft visit to Halas Hall next week becoming the ninth prospect we know of that is on the club’s list. With three compensatory picks awarded to the Bears in the seventh round, they can begin securing players who would typically be priority free agents with those selections. Zinger could potentially fall into that category. Safety Brandon McGowan joined the team as an undrafted free agent in 2005.

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I like this idea. Darrell Strong is another option for Gilmore's replacement. Both might be possibly available in our 7th round bonanza (4 picks is a little crazy)

Replacement for John Gilmore...What's wrong with John St.Clair? It seems to me he caught a nice pass for a TD and did a good job at both guard and tackle last season. Very versatile player. Would allow another body elsewhere among the 53.

Tight end Chris Hopkins achicago native had a very productive college career and was a 2time all Mac T.E 6ft 5' 274lbs pro day 40 4.78 vert. 36 bench 19 Toledo give him a look

Guess what? Owen Schmitt (WVU Fullback) can play tight end. There's your solution, case closed.

Mike that is not a bad idea, Kevin would be really proud of you, he likes Schmitt alot too. Owen played Tight End and he can block, he also has a nice long mean streak. He could be taller though he is really only about 6-1
If he fell to the fifth that would be ideal for the bears, 4 might be a little early. Raiders may be looking at him in the fifth, maybe the Bears could find a way to get passed them, like trade there fifth and a seventh.

The Bears like to throw in a little Walsh with there Coryell system, might get a two back set out of it as well.

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