The Bears just got themselves an unbelievable athlete in San Jose State defensive lineman Jarron Gilbert.
If you don't think so, try this. Gilbert became a YouTube phenom when he jumped out of a and landed on his feet. If you haven't seen this, you have to check it out.
Gilbert, 6-5, 288 pounds, can play both tackle and end and it will be interesting to see where the Bears decide to use him. General manager Jerry Angelo said he likes him most as an under tackle although he said he can play end. Gilbert has got long, 35-inch arms, and his frame is like that if Israel Idonije. With all of the ends coming out of contract after this season--Idonije, Adewale Ogunleye and Mark Anderson--the Bears could be looking at him there. They must have had a top grade on him because they passed up greater needs at wide receiver and safety to select him.
"Last night when we reconvened with the scouts and our coaches we felt that we had three players we were real comfortable with,'' Angelo said. "The way it came out, a couple of players were gone, one of them was there Gilbert. He has a lot of flexibility.
"We really didn't expect him to be there but we felt that we wanted to. Feel he is going to be a very good pass rusher for us. Maybe he isn't 100 percent prototype of the defensive lineman we're used to seeing because he's very tall. But he's very, very talented. Dick Tomey couldn't say enough good things about him. He did come on his senior year. I think he is ready to go."
Angelo said the Bears were looking at some other players and that makes it evident they were considering Iowa cornerback Bradley Fletcher with the pick.
Gilbert had 9 1/2 sacks last season but didn't face top competition on a regular basis. He moved to tackle at San Jose State midway through his junior season. There are some questions about his instinct and motivation. He did stand out at the East-West Shrine Game.
Oh, by the way, Gilbert is represented by Frank Bauer. That will make negotiations easy. He's the agent for Lovie Smith, Rod Marinelli, Bob Babich and Ron Turner.