General manager Jerry Angelo said that while Jarron Gilbert, the third-round pick from San Jose State, looks like a defensive end, he likes him most as an under tackle. That's the three technique position that Tommie Harris mans for the Bears.
What's more, the Bears were looking at another three technique tackle at this pick too.
Angelo said when the draft ended Saturday night and the Bears were reviewing their board and what would be available today, they targeted three players with a strong feeling one of them would be there when they selected at No. 68, the fourth pick of the day.
"Well really had three we were real comfortable with and obviously we had the fourth pick today,'' Angelo said. "And the way it came out a couple of those players were gone but one of them obviously, Gilbert, was there and we were real happy about that."
The other players that were gone?
Purdue defensive tackle Alex Magee, who most view as a three technique, went No. 67 to Kansas City. The Bears were also targeting Iowa cornerback Bradley Fletcher, who went No. 66 to St. Louis.
That means the Bears made the tackle position a priority with their first pick. Harris struggled last season and was suspended for one game for conduct detrimental to the team. The Bears maintain that his left knee has checked out fine, and they backed that up by committing to pay him a $6.65 million roster bonus in February.
But it's clear the team is backing itself up with other options at the position. It could be Marcus Harrison, the third-round pick from last season, is now being viewed as a nose tackle.