Draft Hype Machine

Some quotes and tidbits about the Bears draft...surprisingly upbeat of course.

BEST PICK: The Bears picked LSU safety Craig Steltz in the fourth round (120th overall), but according to Angelo, there was complete agreement in the war room that he had the ability to become a starter. Steltz was only a full-time starter for one season at LSU, but he had 101 tackles and six interceptions last year. He's big enough to play effectively in the box but also has the instincts to play free safety, so he could be a factor very soon in an area that has been troubled for the past four seasons because of frequent injuries to Mike Brown – a special player when healthy.

COULD SURPRISE: Nebraska cornerback Zack Bowman's two seasons in Lincoln were hindered by a pair of knee surgeries that limited him to nine starts. But Bowman, who lasted until the fifth round (No. 142 overall) because of the injuries, is very close to 100 percent and on the verge of regaining the elite talent he flashed before he was hurt. He's 6-0 and 197 pounds and ran a 4.44 40 at the combine.

The corner had 10 interceptions and 22 pass break-ups in junior college before an injury-plagued career at Nebraska that included major surgeries on both knees. He started just nine games in two years in Lincoln, but says his knees are fine now.

"After the combine, they were really good," he said. "They're fine. I just want to keep them that way."

Gabriel said Bowman was not 100 percent during his senior season, but he is now.

"He had a great combine," Gabriel said. "We took him with the idea that he's 100 percent recovered."

  • Angelo entertained the notion of trading down in the first round when three offensive tackles they liked were all available: Williams, Branden Albert and Jeff Otah.
  • "We got phone calls from several people, and they were very, very aggressive," Angelo said. "But we really felt strongly about Chris. We thought he fit the prototype of what we were looking for intangibly. And we felt [good] obviously [about] his skill level and his position.

    "Not many times do you set your course to target a guy and/or guys, and we had a choice of them, but we didn't want to look a gift horse in the mouth, and we don't want to get cute on draft day. We're very happy with our selection. Maybe we could have gotten him later, but if we didn't, then we wouldn't have felt as good as we [do] right now."

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