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2011 Chicago Bears/NFL Draft: Round 1: #17-24 Open Thread

Continuing now into the second half of the Draft, we're getting closer to our favorite team's pick.  With the Lions selecting Nick Fairley, suddenly they have the best DL in all of football... does this mean the Bears are now handcuffed into taking best-available interior offensive lineman?  Let's see how this plays out...

17.  Patriots: Nate Solder, OT- Colorado

Dane's take: A bit surprising, but the Pat's are bolstering their OL.  Dammit, NE.  Good pick.

Lester's take:  If Belichick believes in Solder, that's good enough for me.  I'll bet he'll be a stud

18.  Chargers: Corey Liuget, DT- Illinois

Dane's take: Liuget will instantly upgrade the pass rush in SD, which will be needed within that division.

Lester's take:  I thought he was more a 3 tech DT, but he could be a force as a 5 tech DE.  This is the Chargers taking the top guy on their board.

19.  New York Giants: Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska

Lester's take: Incredible value at 19.  The Giants could have gone a few different ways, but with that d-line in N.Y., he'll get a lot of chances to pick off passes.

Dane's take: Somehow I thought they'd go WR, but Prince is a damn fine pick for a team who can use a boost in their defensive secondary.

20. Tampa Bay Bucs: Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa

Dane's take: The perfect pick for TB's aggressive style defense.  Clayborn is tough and has a non-stop motor.  And he has great hair.

Lester's take:  Clayborn is a high motor guy, and usually when you hear "high motor" it equates to a bad athlete, but Clayborn is a good athlete.  He's yet another good pass rushing d-lineman.

21. Cleveland Browns: Phil Taylor, DT, Baylor

Dane's take: Tommie Harris V.2,  possibly.  Maybe.

Lester's take: Taylor is a 3-4 2 gap nose tackle.  New D.C Dick Jauron runs a 4-3.  But when he was in Chicago remember he had those two giant DTs in front of Urlacher.  Maybe he's going for a similar look in Cleveland.

22. Indianapolis Colts: Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College

Lester's Take: A great pick up to help protect Payton Manning.  Castonzo could start from day 1 somewhere, RT, LT, or G.

Dane's take: Dammit, Indy.  Now what?  

23. Philadelphia Eagles: Danny Watkins, G, Baylor

Dane's take: Yet another OL off the board.  Uh oh.

Kev's Take: I liked Watkins for the Bears. Hopefully they guy they want falls. I'm starting to get more itchy about it. Watkins should be able to step in and help the Eagles protect Vick pretty quickly, and should do well on either side of the center position.

Lester's Take: Watkins is a mature player with a lot of tread left on his tires.  He has left tackle hands and feet, but his stocky build will see him kick inside.

24. New Orleans Saints: Cameron Jordan, DE, California

Lester's take:  Jordan will line up at LDE and is a great value at 24.  He'll play opposite RDE Will Smith and anchor that run defense.

Dane's take: Jordan is VERY versatile, and could line up anywhere on defense.  Great pick by Williams' Saints.