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Delaware's Flacco could be Bears QB of future

Tall signal-caller stands out at the Senior Bowl

By Vaughn McClure | Tribune staff reporter

11:39 PM CST, January 21, 2008

MOBILE, Ala. - Delaware quarterback Joe Flacco, standing almost 6 feet 6 inches, towered over center as he lined up for Senior Bowl practice Monday. After the session concluded, Flacco sized up his chances of becoming a Chicago Bear.

"I've heard they have an interest," Flacco said with a smile. "I heard they were at the [NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision] title game to see me play.

"That would be great, to go to Chicago. It's a little cold there, but I wouldn't worry too much about it."

Bears coach Lovie Smith had a front-row view of Flacco as he fired passes during the North team's practice, conducted by the Oakland Raiders staff.

Flacco looked more impressive than the other two QBs on his team USC's John David Booty and Michigan's Chad Henne.

"Right now, I'm hearing anywhere from second round to seventh," Flacco said of his draft stock. "We'll just see what happens."

On the lookout

Smith wasn't alone at the North's practice. Assistants Ron Turner, Bob Babich, Pep Hamilton, Brick Haley, Darryl Drake and Tim Spencer all were in attendance.

General manager Jerry Angelo was due in town fresh off a trip to Houston for the East-West Shrine Game.

Armed and ready

Of course, the Bears are somewhat desperate for help at quarterback, so their interest in Flacco is no shock. But Flacco isn't the only signal-caller wide-eyed about the possibility of playing for the Bears. Both Hawaii's Colt Brennan and Kentucky's Andre Woodson, on the South team, beamed when talking about Chicago.

Brennan even went as far as to say, "Write something good about me just in case."

Extra points

Interesting to see former Bear Leslie Frazier in an extended conversation with a fellow attendee from the Atlanta Falcons. Atlanta is still in need of a coach and Frazier, the defensive coordinator for the Vikings, recently interviewed with the Falcons. ... As expected, agent Drew Rosenhaus made the rounds. No word from him on the status of Bears Lance Briggs, Bernard Berrian or Brendon Ayanbadejo. ... Former NFL quarterback Paul Justin, from Schaumburg, was in Mobile looking for a coaching gig.

vxmcclure@tribune.com

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Jeremy Jones (1/23/2008)
Hopefully he will last till our second 2nd rounder so that we can get an OT with our first 2nd rounder (Chris Williams)!

I would not risk it.....if Falcons really like Flacco and his stock is high, then Flacco will go high 2nd round - of course, who knows how high Flacco's stock will be come draft day...

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Uuugh, not again.

I usually love g-dawgs posts but here is where we differ.

I cant see the justification in using a 2nd round pick on a guy from a second rate school who was not even the best QB in his own division.

This guy would be facing the likes of a Monte Kiffin run Tampa Bay defense....a slight improvment over say.....William & Mary and Towson....two of the powerhouses in his conference.

6'6"...he is big. Maybe we can recruit Yao Ming ;)

Risk factor....its all about the risk factor since nothing is guaranteed. Make picks that are low risk and high value. Flacco is high risk in the 2nd round and this team needs to make very smart, low risk selections with each and every pick. No reaches, no flubs.

I understand the fascination with this kid but again, risk, risk, risk.

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If the Bears like the kid I am sure they are ecstatic that a journalist decided to put it out in the paper for every NFL team to see. I mean I know they had scouts, but I mean "really interested". I bet its just to create a buzz for the local sports article. You know like the crap the AJC writes?

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