The Midway Monsters believe they have their left tackle of the future with 2008 first-round draft pick Chris Williams, and now they've paired him with another young bookend that could solidify the offensive line for years to come.
After getting the playmaker they need so desperately in Round 1 with Missouri wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, Jerry Angelo turned his attention to the big uglies in the trenches and grabbed Oklahoma tackle Phil Loadholt at No. 49 overall in Round 2. A mammoth of a young man at 6-8 and 343 pounds, Loadholt offers tremendous size and strength to what has been a makeshift front wall in recent seasons – the former Sooner is especially effective pushing smaller defenders around in the running game. Suddenly, quarterback Kyle Orton has another weapon on the outside to take some of the pressure off Devin Hester, plus now he should have more time in the pocket with Loadholt opposite Williams.
With Western Michigan's Louis Delmas going to Houston at No. 46 and Missouri's William Moore headed to New England at No. 47, the Bears would have missed the top two safeties and can feel even better for signing Josh Bullocks in free agency.
Loadholt should start up front immediately at right tackle. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
This is how it shook out in the annual Scout.com intersite mock draft, conducted by insiders from all 32 NFL teams and due to be released later this month. All 64 selections in the first two rounds will be made, and the majority of Bears fans would be very happy to see the club's top two needs being addressed on Day 1 with solid prospects: Maclin at receiver and Loadholt at tackle. If Angelo and Co. could bring in a potential starter at strong-side linebacker, a pass-rushing end, and increased competition at either guard position on Day 2, the Monsters of the Midway might be on their way back to the playoffs after a two-year absence.
Some of the notable choices in Round 2 include North Carolina WR Hakeem Nicks to New England at No. 34 (the Matt Cassel trade), Cal C Alex Mack to Cleveland at No. 36 (the first center off the board), and Kansas State QB Josh Freeman to Minnesota at No. 54 (the Vikings' quarterback of the future).
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