Instant Analysis: Round 7 Draftees
DE Ervin Baldwin (Harry How/Getty)
DE Ervin Baldwin (Harry How/Getty)
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Posted Apr 27, 2008


After being awarded three compensatory choices and adding another pick after a trade with Miami, the Chicago Bears ended up with five selections in the seventh and final round of the 2008 NFL Draft. GM Jerry Angelo concentrated his efforts on depth in the trenches, adding three more linemen.

DE Ervin Baldwin – Michigan State

The skinny: Baldwin led the Spartans his senior season with 18.5 tackles for loss, and he really helped his draft stock thanks to a strong showing at his Pro Day in East Lansing. The Bears are deep at defensive end and will be even deeper assuming Dan Bazuin, who was taking in Round 2 last April, comes back healthy, but Baldwin looks to have been the best player available at the time.

G Chester Adams – Georgia

The skinny: While Davis started at right tackle his final year in Athens, he projects best as a guard on Sundays and has the size to be effective there at 6-4 and 320 pounds. The Bears got nothing out of 2006 fourth-rounder Josh Beekman as a rookie and Terrence Metcalf was a disaster after taking over for Ruben Brown in the starting lineup, so there will be a battle at left guard in training camp.

LB Joey LaRocque – Oregon State

The skinny: Somewhat undersized at 6-2 and 225 pounds, LaRocque does run very well at 4.67 seconds in the 40-yard dash and could end up being a good fit on the strong side of a Cover-2 style 4-3 defense. Jamar Williams and Michael Okwo are firmly in place as backups at the weak-side position, so perhaps LaRocque could step in behind Hunter Hillenmeyer and contribute on special teams.

OT Kirk Barton – Ohio State

The skinny: An experienced player at both tackle and guard for one of the best programs in the country, Barton offers very good size at 6-4 3/8 and 310 pounds while showing quality footwork in pass protection. If John St. Clair is indeed the starting left guard for this team come Week 1 of the regular season, then the depth chart will need some quality additions at tackle behind veteran John Tait and first-rounder Chris Williams.

WR Marcus Monk – Arkansas

The skinny: Monk had a hard time staying healthy during his stay in Fayetteville, but he's a tremendous athlete at 6-4 1/4 and 222 pounds while still running the 40 in 4.45 seconds. The Bears really like their selection of Vanderbilt wideout Earl Bennett in the third round, although Monk will be interesting to watch in Bourbonnais because of his raw ability.

John Crist is the Publisher of Bear Report and a member of the Professional Football Writers of America. To read him every day, visit BearReport.com and become a Chicago Bears insider.



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