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CBSSports Grades the Chicago Bears 2011 Draft

One of my go to sites for NFL draft info is, they provide good and thorough content on the prospects through  They also keep the analysis going after the draft, and have graded each pick that was made individually.  And since we can never have enough draft talk, after the jump we'll look at their Chicago Bears grades with my comments in italics.

Pete Prisco, Senior Writer - Round 1
No. 29: Bears select: Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin Grade
He fills a major need. He is a tough guy who will start right away. Mike Tice loves him. He's his kind of lineman.


I think we can all agree that this was a great pick, it not only fills a need, but Carimi was among the best players available at 29.  He has a history with Mike Tice, and I expect him to really take to his coaching.

Pete Prisco, Senior Writer - Round 2
No. 53: Bears select: Stephen Paea, DT, Oregon State Grade
He is a penetrating defensive tackle who fits what the Bears do on defense. He takes over for Tommie Harris. I like it.


The more I look at what Paea did at Oregon State the more I like him.  I can't wait to see him work with Rod Marinelli.  Paea is still considered new to football, and has a lot of room to grow.

Pete Prisco, Senior Writer - Round 3
No. 93: Bears select: Chris Conte, FS, California Grade
He has been a corner and a linebacker, but moved to free safety and played well last season. He's a Bears kind of player.


Linebacker?  I thought we cleared up the linebacker rumor?  Either way, he has experience playing up in the box, and experience in coverage.  I think he would be better off with limited reps as a rookie if Danieal Manning indeed returns.

Jon Dove, - Round 5
No. 160: Bears select: Nathan Enderle, QB, Idaho Grade
The Bears talked about adding a quarterback in this draft. Enderle is limited and didnt show much during workouts.


I'm taking a wait and see approach with Enderle.  He's a drop back passer that played in a pro style offense for 4 years in college.  If he can show enough to be the developmental #3 QB then I'm fine with this pick.

Jon Dove, - Round 6
No. 195: Bears select: J.T. Thomas, OLB, West Virginia Grade
The Bears linebackers are getting up there in age. Thomas has some potential but will have to fight to make the roster.


Thomas has been getting a lot of publicity lately due to his high character, he seems like a great kid.  Physically he fits the mold of a Tampa 2 OLB and with his outstanding work ethic, he might be a camp surprise.


Now it's your turn, give us your grade for each Chicago Bears draft pick.