In the Trenches

Bears GM Jerry Angelo said the Bears were looking for "Big mean guys" upfront and that's what they found in Terrence Metcalf, who the Bears believe can play tackle or guard.

"We're looking at him at a number of (different line) positions and determine where he can play," said Bears head coach Dick Jauron, who commented on Metcalf's versatility. "That's a quality that I think is very rare in the league and I think you got to be a little bit careful with especially with a younger player. We'll look at him early and then we'll try to whittle it down."

Metcalf wasn't necessarily drafted to compete with Bernard Robertson and first round pick Marc Colombo, but he could eventually be the air apparent to James "Big Cat" Williams at right tackle.

Taking Colombo in the first round meant the Bears had filled their need for offensive line help, but Angelo said Metcalf was just too good to pass up.

"We just took quality with Metcalf," Angelo said.

Angelo compared Metcalf to Bernard Robertson, who was the Bears fifth round draft pick in 2001, in terms of their versatility.

"They are interchangeable they play guard they play tackle. They just give us more quality depth and versatility. Our philosophy here is we want to run the football and we have very good run blocking lineman. You can't get enough of them they're like dinosaurs."

Metcalf is from Clarksdale, Mississippi. He is 6-3 ½ and weighs 318 pounds.

Notes: Parade high school All-American. Lived up to his high school clippings in 1997, when he started every game at guard and won freshmen All-American honors. Started the first three games in '98 before suffering a season-ending left ankle injury and redshirting. Played in 12 games and started six in '99, but he was far from 100 percent. Moved to left tackle in 2000. Started every game and won coaches' first-team and media second-team All-Southeastern Conference honors. All-SEC left tackle in '01 who also got some All-America notice for the second year in a row. Metcalf is married and has two children.

Positives: Massive body. Big and thick all over. Metcalf is very strong in the upper body and likes to use that strength. He can deliver a jarring hand punch at times and shows some slide ability and pretty good feet on pass protection. Is quick off the ball and gets into his blocks quickly. Can play guard and should be able to play right tackle. Might even be able to play some left tackle.

Negatives: He may not have the foot quickness, agility and balance needed to play left tackle on the next level. Despite this great upper-body strength, Metcalf does not always anchor well because he does not sink his hips well. Instead, he almost appears to be up on his toes and bends at the waist, which really hurts his leverage and balance and prevents him from exploding into his blocks and really driving with his legs. It also leads to his overextending a lot. While it may or may not be related, he had a very serious left ankle injury, and now he appears to lack some flexibility in his ankles, which could be a factor in his problems.

Summary: Has a good chance to make a team as either a right or guard if he checks out medically.

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