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Hey Jerry! Draft This Guy: Tim Barnes

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Since he appears to need the help, this is the first in a continuing series of draft advice articles for Jerry Angelo.

    The Chicago Bears need offensive linemen. Bears GM Jerry Angelo either doesn't draft them, or doesn't draft the right ones. For proof, take a look former first round pick, Chris Williams.

    Never fear, we're here to help, Jerry. Come draft night, be sure you rank this guy above another project defensive lineman.

    Tim Barnes, center, University of Missouri: The Tigers are ranked sixth in the nation thanks to a high-octane, aggressive offense. They couldn't perform without their offensive line, on which Barnes plays the anchor. Under his stalwart leadership, the Mizzou line has allowed just seven sacks in seven games. Quarterback Blaine Gabbert can attribute his 137.8 QB rating to the protection.

    Barnes would be a perfect addition to the Bears. At 6-foot-4, 300 lbs., he has the size to be in the NFL and the skill to play immediately. Not only that, Bears center Olin Kreutz has been in the league for 12 seasons. The Pro Bowler could work with the rookie, allowing the Bears to have a seamless transition at center when Kreutz decides to retire.