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Round: 1, Pick: 29 (Overall: 29)
Gabe Carimi, OT Wisconsin Considered one of the more technically-sound prospects among the 2011 class of offensive tackles, Carimi should play a key role -- likely as a starter -- in Chicago's effort to revamp its offensive line. After having to replace 2007 third overall pick Joe Thomas at Wisconsin, Carimi is no stranger to the high expectations he'll face as a rookie. -- MW
Round: 2, Pick: 30 (Overall: 62)
Stephen Paea, DT, Oregon State -- Paea fills an immediate need and might one day develop into a starting three-technique defensive end. However, the Bears have a history of being burned by taking players with medical red flags and Paea is coming off an offseason knee injury at the Senior Bowl. -- JD
Round: 3, Pick: 29 (Overall: 93)
Chris Conte, S, California Conte appears to add versatility in the secondary and a potential contributor on special teams. Having spent his first three seasons at California as a cornerback, Conte moved to safety as a senior and became a first-team all-Pac-10 performer. The Bears aren't concerned about Conte's inexperience at safety because that only adds to his upside. -- MW
Round: 5, Pick: 29 (Overall: 160)
Nathan Enderle, QB, Idaho The Bears' thought process behind selecting a quarterback is understandable. Caleb Hanie probably won't be around past the 2011 season, so the Bears will likely be searching for a new primary backup to Jay Cutler. It's better to develop your own young, inexpensive quarterback, rather than waste money on a bad veteran backup a la Todd Collins. Who knows if Enderle will pan out, but Mike Martz does have a nice track record with unknown quarterbacks.
Round: 6, Pick: 30 (Overall: 195)
J.T. Thomas, OLB, West Virginia -- The Bears brought aboard a durable, three-year starter with plenty of experience on special teams and decent athletic ability. But Thomas lacks explosion (lowest vertical at the combine at 30½ inches), and comes with a blemish in the character department from a 2007 arrest for transferring and receiving a stolen laptop. Given how late the team took Thomas, the character risk would seem minimal.