NFL Draft Buzz: Britton on Display

We are beginning to get a better idea as to what the Chicago Bears will do on Day 1 of the NFL Draft. The team has set up a private workout Wednesday with Arizona offensive tackle Eben Britton, who has been rising up a stunning amount of draft boards recently. Scout.com's Ed Thompson broke the news.

It's looking more and more like the Monsters of the Midway won't get a shot at Ole Miss offensive tackle Michael Oher in the first round, so the front office is currently putting together a backup plan at No. 18 overall.

One way or another, general manager Jerry Angelo must emerge from Day 1 of the 2009 NFL Draft with a right tackle and a wide receiver. It is considered a deep draft at both positions, although having the 18th pick in Round 1 is proving to be quite the challenge in forecasting exactly which players will still be available at that spot. Assuming Oher is off the board already, do the Bears take the next best tackle on their list or go ahead and grab a top-flight pass catcher like Darrius Heyward-Bey of Maryland?

Based on the intelligence being handed to Bear Report recently, Angelo and Co. could be leaning toward the right tackle spot while hoping to land a quality wideout in Round 2.


Britton was a three-year starter playing left and right tackle. (Scott Boehm/Getty Images)

As first reported by Scout.com senior NFL analyst Ed Thompson, the Bears have set up a private workout Wednesday with Eben Britton of Arizona. Not only does Britton have prototypical size at 6-6 and 309 pounds, but he was a two-year starter for the Wildcats at right tackle before switching to the left side prior to his junior season. With last year's first-rounder, Chris Williams, ready to take the reigns at left tackle, Chicago would love to find another young bookend to man the opposite side of the line of scrimmage.

The Midway Monsters were forced to play free agent addition Frank Omiyale at right tackle during this past week's minicamp, even though he was initially brought in to compete at left guard.


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