Tackle Gabe Carimi: He might not ever be a Pro-Bowl left tackle, but the 29th overall pick immediately upgrades the Bears' weak offensive line at one of the tackle positions and should be a starter from Day One.
Safety Chris Conte: The third-round pick seemed to be a huge reach, considering a lot of draft evaluators had him rated much lower. But, considering the huge turnover the Bears have had at both safety positions since Lovie Smith took over (20 changes at each of the safety positions) you can't count Conte out.
George McCaskey is the eighth oldest of Ed and Virginia McCaskey's 11 children. Virginia McCaskey is the daughter of club founder George Halas.
On the same day as the changeover, the Bears made their address 1920 Football Drive instead of 1000 Football Drive. The team was formed in 1920.
Said George McCaskey, who has run the team's ticket office since 1991, "It's humbling and exciting. All that my brothers and sisters are asking of me is everything that I've got, and I'm sure Bears fans expect nothing less than everything that I've got, and that's what I intend to give."
His new role will have his main responsibility of representing the club in league issues.
Club president and CEO Ted Phillips will still be in charge of the day-to-day team operations.
"I don't see any dramatic changes," George McCaskey said. "My role will really be as a sounding board, an advisor if Ted wants me in that role; as a representative of the family, of ownership and the board; and to create as positive of an environment as possible. The way I see it my job is to work with and in support of the president and CEO in creating a climate that's conducive to sustained success."
"Coach Martz had a real strong conviction on him, and we agreed with the traits that he saw," Bears director of player personnel Tim Ruskell said. "This guy looks good coming off the bus. He has the attributes, he has the traits that Mike's looking for at the position, so it was a good consensus.
"He's a big guy, he's got a very strong arm, he's a very intelligent man, and an intelligent quarterback. He didn't have the stats his senior year, (because they) lost a lot of guys from the year before. Coach Martz really kind of fell for the kid in terms of the intangibles that he brings."
The 6-4, 240-pound Enderle was a four-year starter who struggled along with the Vandals' program, going 17-29 as a starter. After completing 61.5 percent of his throws as a junior with 22 touchdown passes and just nine interceptions to lead the Vandals to an 8-5 record, Enderle completed just 56.7 percent of his throws last season with 22 touchdowns and 16 interceptions.
The Vandals' '09 season was their first winning campaign in 11 years.
Enderle doesn't figure to see much playing time in the foreseeable future playing behind Jay Cutler and Caleb Hanie, but he can use that down time to his advantage.
"It's going to be different, but it's going to be good for me," he said. "I can really work on fixing some things that I want to fix and that need to be fixed, and that's going to give me the opportunity to do that. And then to really come in and learn the playbook and really prepare myself and get myself in a position where if I need to (play), I can."
"The value of the (quarterback) position (superseded) everything else in terms of other players at that point," Angelo said. "We want to develop our own quarterbacks, and we want to stay with that plan. We hit a speed bump last year, and we just felt like the plan is in place, and we feel very good with him coming on board."
Defensive tackle Nick Fairley: Without question, Fairley was a bonus. Mayhew said he would have traded out of the 13th pick had Fairley been snatched up by Minnesota at No. 12, which he feared. The defensive line is the foundation of the team and the basis of their entire defensive philosophy. Adding Fairley to a defensive tackle rotation of Ndamukong Suh, Corey Williams and Sammie Hill is about as good as it gets.
Wide receiver Titus Young: The Lions got virtually no production out of the third wide receiver position last season. With the speedy Young, they feel like they finally have a threat who can take the top off a defense and create space underneath for Calvin Johnson, Nate Burleson and Brandon Pettigrew.
With thick glasses and a bow tie, some described the defensive tackle as "looking like a nerd out of central casting."
Schwartz said he never saw Fairley's outfit until after the team had drafted him with 13th pick in the first round.
Joked Schwartz the following day, "First, if we had seen what he was wearing ... with those glasses, we might have passed on him at 13. I got more texts (on draft day) after we picked him that said, 'Why did you pick that big guy that looks like Urkel?'"
Getting serious, Schwartz noted that those making fun of Fairley wouldn't do it face-to-face.
"None of those people are here," Schwartz said, "and I think if they were here, none of them would say the same thing, and I know no quarterbacks said that last year."
"I thought Suh played too much last year. Not that he wore down, but it was too many snaps. You are taking on 700 pounds of man every time you take on a double team."
Green Bay Packers
Wide receiver Randall Cobb: For a do-everything playmaker who scored eight different ways last season at Kentucky, the second-round pick may just be scratching the surface of his potential. He won't turn 21 until August and has just two years at wideout under his belt after moving from quarterback, which opens the door for some Wildcat possibilities even with Aaron Rodgers at the controls. Cobb's biggest contribution from the get-go could be as a sorely needed kick returner.
Tight end D.J. Williams: The 2010 John Mackey Award winner may prove to be a final-day steal after sliding down to the fifth round. Though undersized at 6-2, 245, Williams has great hands, produces in the passing game and has persevered after enduring a rough childhood with an abusive father. A potent combination with Jermichael Finley is brewing.
Said Flynn, "I love being a Packer and I'll be here as long as they want me. It's all kind of speculation right now, of what people want to write or whatever they want to say. You can't say that anybody wants me or doesn't want me. We'll see what happens. I just like where I am right now."
Acknowledging that the Packers are "Aaron's team and it will be for a long time," Flynn added, "Everybody wants to play, but I know my role on the team. I know if I need to step in there I'm always prepared because I work just as hard as the next guy."
Flynn played well in the team's loss to New England on Dec. 19 when Rodgers was out, gaining some attention because it was a Sunday night game.
He said, "I've always been a confident person. I think my teammates and coaches always knew I could step in and do it. It was definitely nice to go out there and be able to do it, have the opportunity to have some success.
"It probably did more for my teammates than it did for me personally because I've always been confident. It probably gives them a little bit more confidence if I need to step in."
"This kid has some background as far as a quarterback. It just opens up additional opportunities," said Packers receivers coach Edgar Bennett. "You talk about a guy that's versatile. We're not game planning right now, but I'm pretty sure we'll take full advantage of what this kid is capable of doing."
McCarthy, however, stopped short of saying he would make WildCobb a component of an explosive Packers offense triggered by Rodgers behind center.
"To me, the Wildcat is a package of deceptive play, and how much you want to major in it is really your choice," McCarthy said. "But, Randall was not drafted so we could play the Wildcat. I'll just make that clear. Now, if we line up and do something like that, that'll be part of our deceptive packages that we have in every week."
McCarthy did commit to giving the 5-10, 191-pound Cobb a shot to compete for the punt- and kickoff-return duties, which has been a deficiency for the Packers in recent years.
"I felt last year's training camp was the most competitive training camp that we had up until this point in my tenure here in Green Bay," said McCarthy, embarking on his sixth season. "I'm very optimistic that this year's training camp will be even more competitive. Those are good problems to have."
QUOTE TO NOTE: "He was kind of Kentucky's offense the last couple of years. So, we feel very fortunate to be able to add him to our team. I think he gives us a lot of versatility. He'll be a nice fit with our group." – General manager Ted Thompson on the second-round selection of Kentucky receiver Randall Cobb.