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Live from Halas Hall: Bears moving Lance Louis from guard to tight end

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The Bears drafted San Diego State's Lance Louis in the seventh round at No. 246 and they are going to convert the college guard to tight end.

We reported here that the Bears put Louis through a private workout after the owners' meetings in Dana Point, Calif. General manager Jerry Angelo attended the workout.

The 6-3, 303-pound rank the 40-yard dash in 4.68 seconds, that is why the Bears believe he can make the move. Louis was one of the most recognized tight ends in the country coming out of high school and was converted in college. Some teams looked at him as a fullback too.

He will challenge Kellen Davis, a fifth-round pick last season, for a roster spot. Davis shined as a receiver in training camp last summer but the Bears don't need a third tight end to catch passes--they have Desmond Clark and Greg Olsen. They need an in-line blocker for run downs and Louis has a chance to win that battle.

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WTF is going on here?

Is this "Cover Jerry's mistakes" day"?

Everyone knew coming out of college that Kellen Davis was a bad blocker. Which would mean a team would draft him for his pass catching skills. But being the Bears, they have now discovered that they need a better pass blocking TE to replace the pass catching TE that was drafted in the 5th round last year. I know it's the 7th round but come on.

It must be great to work for the Bears. If you're the head coach or G.M. and you have years left on your contract, you're safe.

Give me a damn break!
So Kellen Davis has not shown enough to be the Bears 3rd TE and they want to convert a Guard to replace him?
The Bears don't need a 3rd TE to catch passes?
How about a 1st string WR to catch them instead?

Get rid of a quality player to replace him with a guy to run block only and tell every defense you face just what play you are going to run.
Forget about them trying to cover a TE that can catch and keep them honest.

Does Angelo and Lovie know anything about basic football.

Don't throw in the towel on Kellen Davis. The kid is a freak and I imagine that with Desmond Clark entering the downside of his career that this could be his last season as a Bear unless Angelo pulls another rabbit out of his hat and makes a trade with a TE needing team for a WR, OG or FS.

Olson, Davis and Mines can handle the roll if that were to happen and Louis probably ends up on the practice squad for 2009.

Go Bears !!

Any chance they would try Kellen Davis at wide receiver? He showed enough in preseason last year that I'd hate to see him go.

Woh woh woh, hold up there Matt and Phil...

I think the odds of a 7'th round rookie OG converting to a TE taking the 3'rd string TE job away from Davis is about 1000 to 1 at this point.

McKie seems safe to be the primary blocking back and Chis Williams was inserted on goal line jumbo packages late in the season last year. Olson played "H" back at times when McKie went down with an injury. I think Louis is just a late round prospect drafted for development.

If he makes the 53-man roster in 2009 I would be completely shocked. He could come into play in 2010 once Desmond Clark gets his Pink slip, until then try not to FREAK out about any Bear selection taken from the 6'th round and on !!

To get your Panties in a bunch over late round selections is not worth the stress or increase in blood pressure.

Go Bears !!

Ken Lucas would look mighty fine now in a Bears uniform playing free safety. As Jerry always says he is only looking to get at least 3 players out of a draft. How can he actually pass on free safeties? I am totally lost on what transpired in the last two days.

as long as this is Angelo's last year and he takes Cutler with him...I'm good with whatever...this season is over already, so whatever....

300 lb TE's?...sure, why not, lol...

6-10 is 6-10 no matter how fat/fast soft-handed you are

shame he's probably soft like most O linemen...that size/speed would be nice at DT

I agree with you BensonsSucks.
The odds of this guy taking a job away from Kellen Davis "should" be slim and none and that is my point.
Why even bother with him?
Did Jerry not get enough stupid "project" picks in the other rounds of this draft?

He wants a RB to play DE or DT.
He wants a CB to play WR.
He wants a OG to play TE.
He want a OT to play OG.
He wants a SS to play FS.

If you want a player then draft one at that position and let him play.
Enough of this stupid Frankenstein nonsense.

A few things to the haters --

1) They could easily keep Davis and Louis. Louis could also play FB, and possibly serve as a big player on special teams. It would just mean carrying one less player at another position. He's actually a very intriguing player.

2) It's not a major switch, since he played the up through his junior year.

3) The guy is a 7th round pick. If he gets cut, so what. You take "project picks" in the seventh.

4)I would much rather have some of the "prospects" they took as opposed to the stiffs available elsewhere.

This was a weak draft. Most experts said as much. So you are probably better off taking guys with upside. And they arguably got the best athletes at DT, DE and WR in the entire draft. And only Melton was not productive.

5) Philatron -- People make position changes all the time, and it often works out. By your logic, we would have never had a Jason Peters, Antonio Gates, Keith Traylor, Ronnie Lott, Mark Bortz, James "Big Cat" Williams, Tony Dungy or a host of other players who enjoyed success after making moves.

We also would not have had Azumah, who played well at CB.

6) I would have wanted a FS too, and think Lucas would be a good idea. Problem was, there were very few FS in the entire draft, and the ones available were this should drive Philatron crazy, players who made position changes.

Look at the boards. I've never seen a draft with more in the box types, and that includes Clemons.

Once Johnson was off the board, that was pretty much it. Hard to fill a need when there are no players to fill it.


Louis would make a interesting fullback leading Forte into the hole or in the flat on a LB or a cornerback catching a swing pass in stride, maybe third and one isn't so hard anymore. I just don't understand taking a great athlete and putting him inside were his athletism is negated when the edge has been horrible. Melton has very good speed also we will have went from 6'3" 260 to 6'5" 288 and 6'3" 280 thats a upgrade, now let's see if Marinelli is as advertised.

Wow. I never knew there were such feelings for Kellen Davis. All I heard last year was that he was a huge disappointment and was more of a body builder than the player they were hoping he would develop into (of course he didn't block well in college either but apparently the Bears were also enamored with his physique and thought he was something he wasn't - who can resist a great set of biceps?). The Bears have Clark and Olsen, one who is a pretty good all around TE and the other who is more of a receiver. It only makes sense that you would want an extra tight end who can block for short yardage situations. I understand why they think it is worth the risk. If it doesn't work out, we still have Kellen Davis to flex his muscles while missing a block.

This kid can run a 4.68 at 303lbs, why the hell not try him at fullback? What linebacker in the NFL is going to be able to stack and shed that?

Seriously if this guy can catch at all then why not use him as a sledgehammer to blow up the opposing defence? 300lbs of angry man destroying the Mike on every down, how bad could it be?

Why does every sentence have to end with a question?

A few things to the haters --

1) They could easily keep Davis and Louis. Louis could also play FB, and possibly serve as a big player on special teams. It would just mean carrying one less player at another position. He's actually a very intriguing player.

2) It's not a major switch, since he played the up through his junior year.

3) The guy is a 7th round pick. If he gets cut, so what. You take "project picks" in the seventh.

4)I would much rather have some of the "prospects" they took as opposed to the stiffs available elsewhere.

This was a weak draft. Most experts said as much. So you are probably better off taking guys with upside. And they arguably got the best athletes at DT, DE and WR in the entire draft. And only Melton was not productive.

5) Philatron -- People make position changes all the time, and it often works out. By your logic, we would have never had a Jason Peters, Antonio Gates, Keith Traylor, Ronnie Lott, Mark Bortz, James "Big Cat" Williams, Tony Dungy or a host of other players who enjoyed success after making moves.

We also would not have had Azumah, who played well at CB.

6) I would have wanted a FS too, and think Lucas would be a good idea. Problem was, there were very few FS in the entire draft, and the ones available were this should drive Philatron crazy, players who made position changes.

Look at the boards. I've never seen a draft with more in the box types, and that includes Clemons.

Once Johnson was off the board, that was pretty much it. Hard to fill a need when there are no players to fill it.


""(of course he didn't block well in college either but apparently the Bears were also enamored with his physique and thought he was something he wasn't - who can resist a great set of biceps?).""

Not so much the Physique but his ability for catching the football. The Bears did themselves a disservice last season by not getting Davis on the field with Olson. Those two guy's running routes with Hester and Forte would cause some serious coverage issues for opposing defenses. So what if Davis can't block well just yet ?? Olson couldn't block a lick his rookie year but he played !!

That in fact has been an issue for Lovie and his staff his whole tenure. You have a player with a unique set of abilities, instead of designing plays to help exploit those skills and mask his short comings he is just relegated to the bench ie... Kellen Davis, Earl Bennett, Brandon Rideau, Garrett Wolfe, Mike Hass ect...

Get creative and get these youngsters on the field, even if it's just in a small package of plays. You have to get their feet wet before they can learn how to swim !!

Go Bears !!

Yeah, 4.68? durn thats good for 300+
but look at Jery history at 7 rd picks, I don't think a single one is on the team, so why not convert him? But at 4.68 - maybe convert to WR LOLOL, hmmmm TE would be interesting too. I did not feel we needed Davis last year and he has not played so that was a pick we could have used on another WR or Olineman last year.

Uh, they do have 7th round picks on the team, they had a starter in Mike Green in 05 and the years before who was mister irrelevent, and they have Trumaine McBride who was a 7th round pick who started 2 games as a rookie, we did need a 3rd TE to add and added Davis last year, but he didn't try to improve and wasn't on the field the second half, a 7th round pick doesn't hurt anything, it only helps with competition and if Davis doesn't improve so what, get rid of him, he doesn't run routes or block, he just runs fast for his height and tries to catch over players and that's all he can do.

Louis made the 53- man roster for the 09-10 season. I guess it wasn’t such a shocker like everyone made it out to be

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