NFL Draft 2013: Lance Louis Injury makes RG a need for Chicago Bears
Complaining about the Chicago Bears offensive line is like shooting fish in a barrel. The Bears have needs across the offensive line that’s going to take both the draft and free agency to fix. Lance Louis, their best offensive lineman this year is lost for the rest of the season with a torn ACL. Taking his place at the moment is Gabe Carimi, who is playing the right guard position for the first time in his life. He has played serviceable at the position, but not agile enough to play the position. He simply can’t get to the outside quick enough to complete his assignment. Its clear Carimi best position is at right tackle, but whether hat is as a starter or back-up remains to be seen.
Left guard has been a revolving door; Edwin Williams took the place of Chilo Rachal at left guard. With Williams proven to be not the answer at the position, offensive coordinator Mike Tice has gone with the rookie James Brown. Brown played alright this past Sunday, and looks like he has the potential to develop into a long-term starter at LG.
While J’Marcus Webb has played serviceable as of late, he’s definitely not a long-term answer at the left tackle position. Your starting offensive tackles shouldn’t need that much help to the point where it handcuffs you as a play-caller.
The Bears need an infusion of talent on the offensive line in the off-season
Ideal Prospect for the Bears: Jonathan Cooper North Carolina
Cooper is one of the best interior linemen in the Nation. Despite his size at 295 pounds, he’s a great run blocker. Cooper is a quick and athletic lineman who can get to the second level and put a block on opposing LB’s to spring his RB’s for huge gains. He’s also excels in pass protection which the Bears desperately need on the line.
The only knock on Cooper is that he’s undersize and needs to put on more bulk. Other than that he fits in well for the Bears as either an offensive guard or the team’s center of the future.