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With Round 1 done, Bears prep for Day 2

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With their primary objective of improving the offensive line out of the way, Jerry Angelo can focus on filling his team's other needs during Day 2 of the draft on Friday. That means the Bears general manager will be looking for defensive tackles, linebackers, receivers and perhaps another offensive lineman or two.

Gabe Carimi's teammate at Wisconsin, guard John Moffitt, would be a welcome addition, as would Georgia guard Clint Boling and Penn State center Stephen Wisniewski, among others.

"It will be a challenge tomorrow, much more than today," Angelo said. "Today we knew there would be a lot of quality players on the board. Tomorrow is going to be much tougher than it was today, certainly. There are players we like very much but not the numbers. In any draft you have to have some luck. No matter how much you work or how much time you put into it, some people have to fall to you. We had a little luck today with our first-round pick."

Defensive tackles Marvin Austin of North Carolina, Stephen Paea of Oregon State and South Florida's Terrell McClain remain undrafted. Receivers include Boise State's Titus Young, Kentucky's Randall Cobb and Maryland's Torrey Smith.

"One of the primary game plans was go get an offensive lineman and then hopefully we'll have some options," said Angelo, who also admitted his was one of the most challenging drafts of his career. "We'll re-group tomorrow morning, re-strategize and go over the board one more time. We'll have options. We're not fixated on any one position. We're really fixed on taking players we like that we feel comfortable with and we feel can come in and help our football team win. We're not basing it on perception or trying to be cute. You can't do that in this draft."

Linebackers capable of playing in the Bears' 4-3 defense are plentiful and include former Simeon High and Illinois linebacker Martez Wilson, who has the kind of speed the Bears covet at that position.

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Great day 1 for Angelo and co, Gabe Carimi is one of the better players Chicago could have gotten, I can't believe he slipped to #29. Like I said the other day, Carimi is probably the best tackle propect because he faced the best (Adrian Clayborn, Ryan Kerrigan, Cameron Heyward, and J.J. Watts in practice), and won the Outland Trophy. Carimi was a unanimous first team All-American who had 49 career starts for the Badgers at left tackle. He'll be a great addition to go along with last years 7th rounder J'Marcus Webb.

I think a major reason Carimi slipped was the run on quarterbacks, and the run on QB's was due to no free agency and teams not being able to land a QB free agent wise. I mean most of these QB's that got drafted in the top 12 were 2nd-3rd round prospects. Especially the player our neighbors to the north the Minnesota Vikings went with in Christian Ponder?? So it was a little luck that Carimi slipped, but I loved the fact Angelo tryed to trade up for him.

Tonight I look for Chicago to go after a 3-technique, maybe Drake Nevis of LSU? Nevis makes a living in the opponents backfield, Nevis has 31.5 career tackles for loss, and was 7th in the SEC with 13 last season. He'd be a great addition. But I tell you what, I'd love for Penn States Stefen Wisniewski to slip, Carimi did, so maybe? I'm thinking DT in the 2nd, and maybe a receiver like Nebraska's Niles Paul, who has the size, 6-1 224lbs, Chicago lacks at receiver and is an ace kick and punt returnman, just a guess now GO BEARS!!

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