BOURBONNAIS IL - JULY 30: General manager Jerry Angelo of the Chicago Bears watches a summer training camp practice at Olivet Nazarene University on July 30 2010 in Bourbonnais Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
While Jerry Angelo may have used this years 7th round pick to draft Harvey Unga in the supplemental draft last year, that doesn't mean he's foregoing the customary late round O-line pick.
The Bears may be targeting Willie Smith of East Carolina in the later rounds. According to Brad Biggs, the Bears had a private workout today with Smith. Now, Willie Smith is a nice project in the late rounds, projected in the 6-7 rounds as an offensive tackle and ranked pretty consistently as the 20th at his position.
Now, I know this could be due diligence, but he seems like the kind of project that the Bears seem to like. He's a good sized and athletic kid who helped the Pirates set 16 offensive records last season. His combine was pretty decent, and I've seen him picked up as high as the 4th round and as late as the 7th in the endless mock drafts available.
But I have this tickle in the back of my brain that's telling me that, for all of the hype about Mike Pouncey and the other high end offensive linemen, the Bears will go defense heavy in this draft. I don't see more than one offensive pick in the first 4 rounds. I'm not saying that there shouldn't be more. I'm saying that I expect to see a 3Tech a linebacker and a corner in the upper rounds.
Again, I know all the hype is about the line, but something tells me that unless somebody falls down the draft, the Bears will be drafting defense more than most will expect. Why do I think this? I expect a run on linemen. And Angelo will not want to reach. So the natural progression of this thought is that the Bears end up drafting other positions due to quality available at the pick.
I honestly don't have any concrete evidence that this is how things will be. And I don't think Angelo is going into the draft with a plan to draft heavy on defense. But I do think that there will be a run on offensive linemen this year, and that Angelo won't be willing to reach for one that isn't as talented as the pick would demand. It's all my opinion, but then, what draft speculation isn't? Sound of with yours below.