The Chicago Bears filled a position of dire need by selecting one of the top-rated offensive tackles in the draft, Wisconsin's Gabe Carimi. The 2010 Outland Trophy Winner, given annually to the best offensive lineman in the nation, spoke with media at Halas Hall immediately after being chosen. The former Badger was so excited, he could barely get a sentence out.
Did you think you'd end up in Chicago?
"I had a really good feeling I was going to end up with the Bears I couldn't be happier to play for them."
How surprised are you to fall this far?
"It doesn't matter to me. The Bears picked me and I have faith in the Bears organization and I'm glad they have faith in me. And I'm willing to help support the Bears in any way possible."
What do you think of playing for Mike Tice?
"I cannot wait to play for Mike Tice. I think he's a great coach. One of the best coaches in the national football league. I'm just excited to play for him."
Do you have a preference of playing on the left or right side?
"Not at all. Wherever it is the Bears need me I'm going to be available to be plugged in."
There has been some talk of you being overly cocky Do you see that as a problem?
"If you look at any of the interviews I've ever had, all I do is talk about my teammates. That was just confidence in being able to play my position that I was showing, so there's not going to be any issue with that."
How do you feel about playing for the Bears?
"Soldier Field. I can't wait to step foot on that field. My first national football game will be with the Bears and I am pumped for it."
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