Quarterbacks turned the ball over, running backs failed to break big runs, and receivers were anything but sure-handed. However, the biggest problem offensively for the Midway Monsters was an aging and ineffective line, a unit that couldn't open holes in the running game and subjected signal-callers to heavy pressure all too often. Veteran right tackle Fred Miller was particularly bad, so the team released him Feb. 18 despite two years remaining on his contract and no viable replacement on the roster – John St. Clair is a serviceable backup at best.
OT Ryan Clady (79)
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Many mock drafts have GM Jerry Angelo selecting a young tackle in Round 1 of next month's NFL Draft, and all that speculation was solidified Tuesday as team scouts made their presence felt at a top prospect's pro day.
Bear Report is reporting that the Bears have a private workout scheduled for next week with Ryan Clady of Boise State.
Clady (6-6, 317) has excellent size and long arms, plus his generous frame should allow him to comfortably put on a little more weight over the course of his career. A tremendous athlete, he's shown very quick feet, a quality work ethic, and a nasty attitude that scouts love in an offensive lineman. He's definitely a better pass blocker than a run blocker at this point of his development, and he could also use a little push in the weight room because his strength is nothing more than adequate – especially in his lower body.
Clady has positioned himself as the second-best offensive tackle prospect in the draft behind Jake Long of Michigan, which means the Bears might have to move up from No. 14 in the first round if they really want him.
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