It took the Bears almost four hours to reach their first round pick at number 29 in the 2011 NFL draft. Was it worth the wait? Jay Cutler would probably think so, as Chicago came away with much needed additional strength on the offensive line.
Wisconsin's Gabe Carimi, an offensive tackle and winner of the 2010 Outland Trophy as the top blocker within the college ranks, would seem to be on paper at least exactly what the Bears have been looking for. At 6-7 and 314 pounds, Carimi has both bulk and speed. A civil engineering major as well as a stellar athlete, Carimi has been in Wisconsin's starting lineup since 2007. He and guard John Moffett produced 29 blocks that resulted in touchdowns during the 2010 season.
Carmini hails from Cottage Grove Wisconsin but is ready to convert his family, friends and neighbors from Packer Backers to Bears fans.
"I'm thrilled that the Bears organization had enough faith in me top choose me," Carimi said after being picked by Chicago. "I have a house full of Packers fans right now, but I'll be able to turn that around in no time."
Carmini is eager to learn from Mike Tice and seems ready to line up at either the right or left side of the line.
"I'm confident at either position," the new rookie said.
Carimi says that he couldn't be happier about the way things turned out and he's excited to make his first visit to Halas Hall during the next few days.
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