The Chicago Bears finally select...

Jarron Gilbert, DE, San Jose

Ht: 6′ 5″

Wt: 280

This from Scout.com:

Gilbert is a versatile lineman who has outstanding athleticism. He has a great frame and could add more mass. He can play inside or outside and flashes the ability to be a tremendous threat behind the line of scrimmage. He has long arms and delivers a quick punch to gain an advantage. He holds up well against double teams and disengages quick enough to track down a ball carrier. He’s viewed as a tweener.

And in case the Bears ever need someone to jump out of a pool, here’s this video that’s been making the rounds on YouTube and featured on ESPN when it was announced that the Bears made their first selection of the 2009 NFL draft.

Gilbert said of his pool jumping:

“The pool incident was after a workout during the summer,” he said. “My strength coach told me the story of (former Bear) Adam Archuleta jumping out the pool, and everybody went crazy. The buzz was unbelievable. So I just went up there and tried it. Got it on the first try. … I had to put it on film.”

So it looks like the Bears got a project for new defensive line coach Rod Marinelli.  With the contract status of DE’s Adewale Ogunleye and Mark Anderson, this pick makes sense, although there is talk from Halas Hall that they like Gilbert as the three-technique tackle too.  Hmm.  Makes you wonder what they think of Tommie Harris’ health.  Plenty more picks to come.

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