Bears Interested in 3 Time All-Big Ten O-Lineman

Without trading out of the fourth pick the Bears will not draft an offensive linemen in round one. However, GM Jerry Angelo is keeping tabs on Michigan guard David Baas.

"I sat down and had a great conversation with Jerry Angelo," Baas said of his meeting with the Bears General Manger during last month's Senior Bowl.

While Baas said Angelo didn't get into specifics about how he could fit in with the Bears, the 6-foot-5, 330-pounder he's a versatile interior lineman. He started 30 consecutive games at guard before moving to center during his senior season at Michigan.

For an additional opinion on Bass, the Bears could turn to new offensive coordinator Ron Turner, who got a firsthand look at the product during his time as head coach at Illinois. Michigan put up 301 rushing yards on the Illini in a 30-19 victory last season.

Baas is rated as the second best guard in the 2005 draft by Scout.com and appears to be slotted to go somewhere in the late first round or early part of round two.

He has been compared to Pro Bowl guard Steve Hutchinson, who also played at Michigan. If the assessment were to ring true, the Bears would be more than happy with the addition.


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