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2011 NFL Draft Grades: Mel Kiper Gives Bears A B

There was one issue with the Chicago Bears draft, and it didn't really have anything to do with who they picked. Once you get past the hole "forgot to call the league about the trade with the Ravens" thing, the Bears actually had a pretty successful weekend at Radio City Music Hall. Their draft earned them a B grade from ESPN's Mel Kiper, a notoriously tough evaluator. Here is what he had to say.

The top needs I saw for the Bears were on the offensive line and along the defensive interior, where they've had some recent attrition. Carimi was a great value that late in Round 1, and is a player that can be moved along the line (presumably to right tackle) to help right away. Paea isn't a guy who will get a lot of penetration, but he'll help the Bears' linebackers avoid blockers. They also added some safety help, and took a shot on Enderle, a kid with a big arm who could develop behind Jay Cutler.

It's hard to believe that you only get a B when you plug the two holes that the evaluator feels are your biggest, but that's the way it is I suppose.