Tice expects Carimi to stay at tackle

First-round pick Gabe Carimi will likely remain at tackle with the Bears. Patrick Green/Icon SMI

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith left open the possibility first-round pick Gabe Carimi could perhaps slide inside and line up at guard, but offensive line coach Mike Tice said Friday he expects the No. 29 overall selection to remain at tackle.

"I think he's an outside player, personally," Tice said.

Carimi, a star left tackle for the University of Wisconsin, started 49 games for the Badgers and graded out at 90 or better in 11 of his last 22 contests.

Tice, however, declined to say whether or not Carimi will play on the right or left side of the offensive line.

"We do want to keep our options open, [and] I have been known to move guys around a little bit," Tice said at Halas Hall. "We want to get through the rest of the draft and figure out what's going on with some of our players that are free agents, [and] get to that part of the offseason also. We'll make sure that the day he walks into the building we'll put him in a spot that will be the spot he plays at for many years to come. So we'll work our way through that."

Tice already had a relationship with his new pupil because Tice's son, Nate, was teammates with Carimi at the University of Wisconsin.

"I know a lot about him, in fact, his mom and my wife tailgate together," Tice said. "They talked last night, I believe, so there is a lot of familiarity. Good kid, great program, very good family, really close family. He's from the Madison [Wis.] area so we have to convert that family over to "Bearism" and knock off that cheesehead stuff."