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Angelo talks draft, Chris Williams

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Jerry Angelo met with Chicago-area reporters in his hotel suite in Indianapolis on Friday. The Bears' general manager, along with the coaching and scouting staffs, are in town for the NFL Combine, where they are preparing to draft a player in the first round for the first time in three years.

Angelo wouldn't get into specifics about players on the current roster because many of those in-house discussions and decisions won't happen until next week, but he touched on a variety of subjects during an 18-minute question-and-answer session, including whether he would prefer former first round pick Chris Williams to play guard or tackle in the future.

"I really don't care where we have Chris personally," Angelo said. "I just want to make sure that everything plays itself out as we go through these periods of allocating players, that we get the five best players on the field. Anybody who's in this business and understands personnel, it's every bit about the continuity and the five players playing together. It's as critical as the talent of the five players themselves.

"I'm not underscoring talent; that's very important. What the goal is is get your five talented players playing at the same time. That's what we want to do. Does that mean Chris is a tackle or a guard? We can't determine that yet. Do I have a preference? Not really, only because he's been exposed to the guard position so we've seen some things, just like Frank Omiyale. We've created some versatility on the offensive line."

Angelo agrees with the consensus opinion that the 2011 draft class is chocked full of defensive line prospects. There is also value along the offensive line, although several other positions, he said, are thinner than they have been in the past.

"I made the statement that the defensive line position is very good again this year. It's probably as good or better than last year in part because of the underclassmen at that position," Angelo said.

"The offensive line position is solid. I don't think there are any real bell cows in there. Of course some of the players think they're bell cows. I hope they're right; that remains to be seen.

"It's solid with offensive linemen. Probably not as good at the skill positions. Running back, wide receiver, quarterback - a little iffy. Secondary seems to be OK, not great. Linebacker maybe not so good.

"So maybe four or five positions at this point, a little bit below average but it can change after this weekend and the measurables. We'll know more once we start setting the board."

Angelo shook up the front-office last year. Out went college scouting director Greg Gabriel, who was replaced by former Seahawks general manager Tim Ruskell. Despite the change, Angelo said, for the most part, they will approach the draft as they have in the past.

"What we try to do is just do what we do better," he said. "I feel very confident in the formula that we use. We're in the projection business, it's never easy but I feel good that we have a good base to operate and good continuity with our scouts, and the bulk of a lot of what we go on are based on what they do and say."

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Jerry Angelo
"The offensive line position is solid. I don't think there are any real bell cows in there. Of course some of the players think they're bell cows. I hope they're right; that remains to be seen."

What? No Bell Cows? That doesn't work for me Jerry, I gotta have more cowbell. By the way I am blog legend Creighton Dickenson, yes thee Creighton Dickenson and I make gold plated Super Bowl teams. I gotta have more cowbell Jerry.

Jerry Angelo
"I made the statement that the defensive line position is very good again this year. It's probably as good or better than last year in part because of the underclassmen at that position," Angelo said."

That's not woking for me Jerry. Last I checked we don't have a lot of linemen that feature the Cowbell Jerry. I gotta have more Cowbell baby. Jerry you would be doing the entire team and all her fans a disservice if didn't explore the hell out of some cowbell's. Say it Baby!!!

Jerry Angelo
"It's solid with offensive linemen"

Guess what Jerry? I gotta fever.... and the only perscription is more cowbell!!

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ahhhh.....raH RAH RAH!! ahhh ANGELO????? ans CHRIS WIOLLIAMS????? Ooooooooooooooooooooooooohhhhhh if fels myself gertting very rveryy MAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ohhhh i thunk it is officasilay RANT time !!!!! i am gonan EXPLODE WITH RANT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! yess AI AM!!!! here we go!

chriss wiliams is A BUST!

Anfgelo is a ALOOSER wgho cans not draft to dave ih flife!

iqam KING ans all you loosre wish you could be rtigjht all teh thimer LIKE ME!!!!

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I just LOVE Jerry and Chrissy Williams. Mmm. Mmm. Mmm! Smooch, smooch!

What's the over under on Angelo blowing the first round pick on a bust???

Chris Williams should be playing the left out position in baseball, as we used to say as kids. This guy's a total bust, and it's on Jerry Angelo. It wouldn't matter if Angelo had the first pick in the draft, he'd waste it. He obviously has no clue what he's doing.

Hey, guys, the draft and Bear dilemmas are interesting, but the Cubs play their first exhibition game today, February 28. Let's hear some commentary on the Cub blog. I feel like i'm on a desert island over there. Chris williams has been another bust as a high draft pick, but maybe the Bears will get luckylike they did with Forte.I still would prefer to see Kreutz anywhere but with the Bears. I would even like him in the North Division with another team because that would work to the Bears' advantage.

You are so funny... I laugh like heck every time I read your comments..

Glad you liked it, took me all of two seconds to come up with it. What you didn't think it was me? Probably should have watched the video link, then it makes even more sense.

And yes that's really me in the video, swear to god it is. Really. That's Mike playing the cowbell, Gearhead playing lead guitar, and Kevin Bumstead on drums.

Think I should change my screen name full time? I do love that Character. Not the first time I have done him on the blog either. You probably thought it was someone else didn't you?

Oh well please continue your rants on the board complaining about people complaing. I enjoy reading your posts, they make me laugh, if Matrix was here, he'd laugh too.

Glad you liked it, took me all of two seconds to come up with it. What you didn't think it was me? Probably should have watched the video link, then it makes even more sense.

And yes that's really me in the video, swear to god it is. Really. That's Mike playing the cowbell, Gearhead playing lead guitar, and Kevin Bumstead on drums.

Think I should change my screen name full time? I do love that Character. Not the first time I have done him on the blog either. You probably thought it was someone else didn't you?

Oh well please continue your rants on the board complaining about people complaing. I enjoy reading your posts, they make me laugh, if Matrix was here, he'd laugh too.

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