Intriguing Choice

A new need in the upcoming draft has emerged for Jerry Angelo and his staff. After releasing offensive tackle Blake Brockermeyer April 5, the position has become a pressing need. Brockermeyer has drawn interest from a few teams including the Denver Broncos, who could open up negations this week

Greg Gabriel, the Bears director of college scouting, said a left tackle in the NFL should be more than just a big body.

"Your left tackle has to be a guy who has to be able to play in space because more times than not he's going against a speed rusher," he said.

With the Bears selecting late in round one (29th overall), they will not have their choice of the best offensive tackles including Bryant McKinnie, Mike Williams and Levi Jones. One very intriguing prospect is Florida junior Mike Pearson who is projected as a late first round pick. He is coming off a horrible season at Florida where he didn't display the qualities that made him a Freshman All-American in '99.

"Pearson is going to be a high round pick," Gabriel said. "He's a quality left tackle in a program that specializes in the passing game, so has a lot of experience in pass blocking."

At 6-6, 300 pounds Pearson is a big powerful tackle with a strong upper body with the ability to keep opponents away. He often played on his heels last season and didn't display great lateral range.

Many believe if Pearson had stayed at Florida for his senior season he would have been a high first round pick next April. With a terrible junior season scaring off many scouts he will slide down many draft boards.

Pearson would be a risk but has such an upside that will make it hard for Angelo and Co. to pass him up.

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