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Combine Standouts



    The combine, the NFL's version of a beauty pageant, is over.

    More than 300 handpicked NFL hopefuls took their turns in the bench press, forty-yard dash, footwork drills and swimsuit competition. One thing is clear -- the Bears need some help on the line. With Tommie Harris getting cut and the offensive line allowing a record number of sacks, expect the Bears to use the draft to upgrade both lines.

    Who will win the ultimate grand supreme spot on draft day?  Your contestants ...

    The 'sconnie: Grizzly Detail has had our eye Wisconsin's Gabe Carimi since October, and now he's caught the eye of Jerry Angelo. The Bears met with the confident Badger on the first day of the combine. He called himself a draft-ready tackle, and NFL experts agree that he could step in to the Bears O-line tomorrow and play.

    Illini's best: Corey Liuget (pronounced as if he's 2 Legit 2 Quit) impressed as a defensive tackle for Illinois, and is known for his ability to stop running plays with ease. He could be an excellent choice for the Bears to work in to replace Harris.

    Strongest man alive:Stephen Paea is a defensive tackle from Oregon St. who broke the combine's bench press record. His strength translates easily to the playing field. Can you imagine that sort of strength alongside Julius Peppers' freak athleticism? Unfortunately, it's unlikely that Paea will still be on the board when the Bears make their pick, the 29th of the draft.

    The absentee Trojan: USC's Tyron Smith had to pull out of the combine as he recovers from a knee injury, which may end up being the Bears gain. The offensive tackle has size and strength, and because of his absence at the combine, could fall down the draft board to the Bears.

    Unfortunately, we don't know who will take home the big title until April 28.