NFL Draft 2013: Chicago Bears Need a lot of Help at Offensive Tackle

By Dominique Blanton

How disappointing is it for the Chicago Bears offensive tackles to be struggling mightily as they have been this entire season? J’Marcus Webb has been inconsistent throughout the year. There’s no excuse of that from a player who was highly scrutinize by Bears fans and even offensive coordinator Mike Tice. Tice tried to light a fire under Webb by putting through a competition with former first round pick Chris Williams.

Webb won the battle and so far this season he has been noticeably inconsistent. When Webb is playing good, he looks like a solid starting left tackle. When he’s bad, it’s the same old Webb, who loses focus and leaves his starting QB out to dry.

As inconsistent as Webb has been, he hasn’t been half as bad as Gabe Carimi. When the Bears drafted Carimi, the thought was that the Bears were getting a Pro Ready OT that can quickly step in contribute. In his first full season that hasn’t been the case. Carimi has been the Bears worst lineman this season. He’s been so bad that he isn’t being giving the benefit of the doubt for this being virtually his rookie year, as the coaches have decided to bench him for Jonathan Scott.

In order for the Bears offense to evolve, the OT’s got to be counted on to handle their assignments without so much help, it limits what the OC can do as a play caller. It’s one of the main reasons why the Bears offense has fallen short of expectations this year.

Ideal Prospect for the Bears: Taylor Lewan Michigan

If OT is indeed the number one need coming into the 2013 NFL Draft, Lewan could be a great long term pick. Lewin is not quite the finish product, but he projects to be a franchise caliber LT at the next level. Lewin is a big guy at 6-8 and has a mean streak specifically as a run blocker. Lewin ideally could start his career off at right tackle and move to LT a few years down the road.

Yes it would be nice to have a pro ready blind side protector, but usually the guys project in the top 10, and the Bears are likely not to pick in that range unless they collapse in these final six games. You can develop a prospect like Lewin into a franchise LT; he has that type of potential.

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