Mixed Reviews

Chicago's first-round pick, Marc Colombo, fills an immediate need with the release of left tackle Black Brockermeyer. Because he's 6-foot-8, Colombo likely can add some beef without decreasing the mobility that made him such an effective pass blocker - no sacks allowed in his last 20 games at Boston College.

"Colombo can fill the Bears' need area at either right or left tackle," draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. wrote on espn.com. "Colombo carried the highest grade of the tackles remaining on the draft board. At 6-foot-7, 313 pounds, he is a scrapper and an overachiever who reminds me of the Jets' Jason Fabini."

Gil Brandt, who writes for nfl.com and is a former personnel chief with the Dallas Cowboys, questions whether Colombo is athletic enough to play left tackle, "but he can definitely be a right tackle."

The Bears' first third-round pick, cornerback Williams, is an area of need since Walt Harris departed in free agency. As of now, Jerry Azumah is replacing Harris and teaming with R.W. McQuarters at corner. With a 40-year-dash time of 4.57 seconds, however, the jury is out on whether Williams has the wheels to be a starter. The second third-rounder, Metcalf, played tackle in college but may be better suited for guard. Like Colombo, Metcalf did not allow a sack during his last two seasons. He was a first- or second-team all-American pick in a variety of publications.

Grades: USA Today gave the Bears five out of five stars. Chicago is only one of four teams to receive the highest mark. ESPN gave the Bears a C, calling Colombo "stiff-looking" and adding Williams "doesn't run well" and Metcalf had a disappointing senior year. Dan Pompei of the Sporting News gave the Bears a B, noting "This was a safe draft for the Bears. They know what to expect from most of their players, including Colombo." Cbssportsline.com gave the Bears a B, crediting them for picking Metcalf, who will "move inside to guard, where he will become a dominant run blocker." Paul Zimmerman of Sports Illustrated gave the Bears a C because Colombo was a second-round pick on most teams' draft boards.


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