There are several offensive linemen who are considered worthy of a first-round pick including Bryant McKinnie (6-foot-8, 343 pounds) of Miami and Mike Williams (6-6, 378) of Texas, but both will be drafted in the top ten.
However, the Bears could already have an answer on their roster. Coaches are high on last year's fifth-round pick, Bernard Robertson.
Robertson wasn't active for even one game last season, but Bears general manager Jerry Angelo believes he could play left tackle in the NFL, as he did for his last two seasons at Tulane, where he was a four-year starter. At 6-2 and 297 pounds, Robertson would be one of the smallest tackles in the NFL, though.
"He's as big as (the Tennessee Titans') Brad Hopkins, and he has long arms, that's important," Angelo said. "Hopkins (6-3, 305) is short, but he has long arms. (San Francisco 49ers left tackle) Derrick Deese (6-3, 289) is the same way. (Robertson) can do it. He did it throughout his college career."
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The Chicago Bears signed defensive tackle Jason Wiltz to a one-year contract Friday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Wiltz, a fourth-round draft choice by the New York Jets in 1999, played for two seasons in New York (1999 and 2000) and was released after the 2001 preseason. The 6-4, 300 pounder out of Nebraska played in 27 games in two seasons with the Jets with 20 tackles, two sacks and two interceptions.