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Chances are you've heard of Chicago's first pick in the 2009 draft. Yes, the Bears drafted the Pool Jumper -- San Jose State defensive end Jarron Gilbert -- with the fourth pick of the third round Sunday.
Gilbert is a complete freak of nature (see video below). At 6-foot-5 and almost 290 pounds, Gilbert jumped out of the shallow end of a pool in a pretty amazing feat of explosion. Gilbert apparently performed the jump on a whim last year after being told that former Chicago and St. Louis safety Adam Archuleta had done the same thing. The video also depicts Gilbert squatting 635 pounds. Yikes.
Does that mean Gilbert can help the Bears' pass rush, which sometimes looked like it was submerged in water itself last season? (Be prepared for many such cheap analogies as the days and weeks continue.) Gilbert had 7.5 sacks in 12 games at San Jose State last season. Here's what Scouts Inc. said about his pass-rush skills:
Has a lot of potential and was very productive in this facet of the game. He has a quick first step and good closing burst as a pass rusher. Can change directions once he gets through the line of scrimmage. Has long arms and good instincts to obstruct QB's view as a passer.
Say this much: After a boring Day 1 of the draft, the Bears certainly spiced things up a bit Sunday morning.