Staley Solid at CMU Pro Day

The Bears had one of the better offensive lines in the NFL last season, but a youth movement is long overdue. With four of five starers on the wrong side of 30 years old, GM Jerry Angelo will most likely select at least one trench warrior on the first day of next month's draft. Central Michigan's Joe Staley seems to be garnering his share of consideration.

Offensive tackle Joe Staley was the star of the show.

Weighing in at 304 pounds, Staley's 40 times ranged between 4.79 and 4.82 seconds. His times in the short shuttle and three-cone were 4.30 and 7.17 seconds, respectively. Staley then measured 32 inches in the vertical jump 9'4" in the standing broadjump.

He also looked outstanding in position drills. Staley did not participate in the bench press on Thursday, standing on the 27 repetitions he posted at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis.

Several coaches on hand stated it was one of the best workouts by an offensive lineman they had ever witnessed. One coach claimed Staley "made millions for himself today" after the workout was complete.

The Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Chicago Bears, Miami Dolphins, Washington Redskins and Detroit Lions all sent offensive line coaches to specifically watch Staley.

So too did the New York Jets, Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots. All three of these teams have set up dates to individually work out Staley.

While the other numbers from the workout have been slow coming in, sources on the scene have told us defensive end Dan Bazuin, who turned in a terrible performance at the Combine, looked good on Thursday. He was faster and looked fluid during drills.


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