Chip Off the Old Block

Although the Bears have their bookend tackles thanks to free agency, both John Tait on Fred Miller are on the wrong side of thirty. The second day of the draft could provide a young tackle with a Hall of Fame pedigree to groom for the future.

The tackle with the most famous name in this year's crop is Michael Munoz, who is the son of Hall of Famer Anthony.

Growing up in the world of football Michael didn't feel any pressure from his father to follow in his footsteps, but it his size that made it an easy choice.

"Entering high school at 6-4, 285 I knew I wasn't going to be a golfer," Michael joked.

Anthony played 13 years in the league before being inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 1998. His picture perfect technique is something that Michael has tried to duplicate.

The comparisons between father and son are obvious, but not necessarily justified. Anthony was the third player chosen in the 1980 draft, while Michael is currently the 13th rated tackle prospect by

However, there is plenty of time to move up the rankings. Michael didn't take part in the many of the tests at the NFL combine because he was still recovering from shoulder surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff. He participated in Tennessee's first pro day on March 16th and will give it another go on March 30th.

At 6-foot-5, 306 pounds, there is little question Munoz has the body to be an NFL player. What might push him down the draft board is a left knee that required surgery during his freshman year at Tennessee.

It's been four years since the surgery and Michael has been able to start 36 games since, but he realizes the knee remains an issue.

"The only thing with the healthy issue, a lot of people have those questions about me and I hope that I can answer those with these physicals and show them how I can move," Michael said.

Although Michael can play either left or right tackle, he spent the bulk of college career protecting the blindside of the quarterback. It's difficult for any rookie to come in and make an immediate impact, but having a father that has been through the same process may give Michael an advantage mentally over the competition.

"I'll be able to focus on working hard and not get caught up in all the things that you could possibly get caught up in and that could bring down your game," Michael said.

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