Bears Close Draft on Offense

Ron Turner finally got some help for the offense in the sixth round when the Bears selected Oklahoma FB J.D. Runnels and Penn State OG Tyler Reed to close out the draft.

Runnels opened holes for a productive Sooners running attack over the last three seasons. He also developed into a pass receiver out of the backfield. He caught 51 balls for 450 yards and 5 touchdowns while at Oklahoma.

The Bears started three different players at fullback in 2005 because of a rash of injuries. Runnels, the 195th overall pick, will compete with Bryan Johnson and Jason McKie for playing time.

"As soon as I saw him I really liked him. That's the first thing I said, the first thing I wrote in my report, that he's a good fit for us," Turner said. "He's a very good blocker, he's a good athlete, outstanding hands out of the backfield, which is what we look for in our fullbacks more than anything, the ability to block and the ability to catch the ball and he can do both those things."

With the selection acquired from the Seattle Seahawks for Mike Green, the Bears took Reed with the 200th overall pick. The six-foot-3, 300-pounder started the last three seasons at Penn State. He'll compete for a roster spot on the interior of the offensive line with such players as Qasim Mitchell and Steve Edwards.

"He's a very tough, hard-nosed football player, great run blocker," Turner said. "Plays with excellent pad level. Good base, good balance coming off the ball. The attitude and his style of play … I think he's a real good fit for what we want to do running the football and getting after people. I think he brings that attitude we're looking for."

Reed is the first offensive lineman taken by the Bears since Bryan Anderson went in the seventh round of the 2003 draft.

Even though the Bears admitted they would have liked to add a tight end, the team failed to address the position in the draft.

Even though the Bears admitted they would have liked to add a tight end, the team failed to address the position in the draft.

General manager Jerry Angelo said the team will continue to look for help at tight end, but it appears he's willing to go into the season with what is currently on the roster.

"Don't get so fixed on this tight end because you're looking for holes," Angelo said. "Every team has holes. Every team has an area which they need to address and get better at. We've done as good a job as you can possibly do at doing that. But we will address the tight end. Let's not get fixated with this tight end.

"We haven't seen a tight end here since Ditka so I don't want to say we haven't been able to play without one. I mean, somehow, some way we still line up and we're going to have to find ways to win ballgames. So again, let's not make that the bull's-eye."


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