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Blunder doesn't stop Bears from acquiring Carimi

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Posted April 29, 2011 @ 7:34 a.m. ET
By Dan Parr

Updated at 10:15 a.m. ET Friday, April 29

The Bears drafted the player they coveted with the 29th overall pick Thursday, but they put a potential trade partner in a bad position along the way. In one of the oddities of the first round, the Ravens used up all 10 of the allotted minutes to make their pick at No. 26 and the Chiefs, picking 27th, leapfrogged them, selecting Pittsburgh WR Jonathan Baldwin before Baltimore made its selection of Colorado CB Jimmy Smith.

As we later learned, the Ravens were discussing a trade with the Bears at the time of their pick at No. 26, and Chicago pulled out at the last moment without confirming the trade with the league, leaving the Ravens with no time to make their pick.

GM Jerry Angelo took the blame for the embarrassing snafu on Thursday night and Baltimore took the player it had been targeting in Smith, but it will be interesting to see how the Ravens, and other teams for that matter, approach doing business with the Bears in the future.

Chicago was considering dealing its fourth-round pick to move up and draft Carimi, but he was still available for them at No. 29. The offensive line is Chicago's biggest weakness and Carimi could be an immediate starter at left guard or right tackle - his spot could depend on where the team decides to play 2008 first-round choice Chris Williams, who moved from left tackle to left guard last season.

Carimi has good size and toughness. He also doesn't lack confidence, but he's considered more of a leaner than a powerful drive blocker. Offensive line coach Mike Tice did a fine job of developing seventh-rounder J'Marcus Webb last year and he has one of the top O-linemen available in this year's draft to mold in Carimi. Webb could swing to left tackle if Williams stays at left guard and Carimi would be plugged in at right tackle.

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