The Monsters of the Midway never say no to a defensive lineman in the NFL Draft if a good value is on the board, so general manager Jerry Angelo pulled the trigger on another big nasty in the opening stages of Day 2.
With the 68th-overall pick in Round 3, the Bears selected San Jose State defensive tackle Jarron Gilbert. At 6-5 and 288 pounds, Gilbert offers the versatility to play outside on running downs and inside on passing downs. A first-team all-Western Athletic Conference performer as a senior and the league's co-Defensive Player of the Year as a senior, he tied a conference record with 22 tackles for loss and also racked up 22.5 career sacks.
While he's not a good fit at nose tackle and won't end up in the starting lineup next to Pro Bowler Tommie Harris, Angelo belives he's ready to contribute right away on a team that likes to rotate its D-linemen liberally.
Iglesias could be the possession receiver the Bears need. (Alonzo Adams/AP Images)
Then with the 99th-overall pick later in Round 3, a compensatory selection the club received for losing Bernard Berrian via free agency last year, the Bears went with Oklahoma wide receiver Juaquin Iglesias. At 6-1 and 210 pounds, Iglesias is not a burner by any stretch of the imagination but has the physical makings of a classic possession target at the next level. In a high-powered Sooners offense that was borderline unstoppable at times during his career in Norman, he racked up 202 receptions for 2,821 yards and 19 touchdowns.
The Bears have one of the weakest groups of wideouts in the league, but perhaps Iglesias can compete for a starting job opposite the speedy Devin Hester and allow Earl Bennett to move inside to the slot.
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