BBAO: Bears' plans for Justin Pugh

We're Black and Blue All Over:

Here's an interesting development and possibility. The Chicago Bears recently put Syracuse offensive lineman Justin Pugh through a private workout. As Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com points out, Pugh played left tackle in college but projects as an inside player in the NFL -- and possibly a center.

As we've discussed, the Bears seem headed toward a transition at center in the near future, conceivably as early as 2013 if they draft someone who is ready to start and allows them to move Roberto Garza back to guard. Pugh was a good enough college player to earn the anticipation that he could be drafted in the second round, but his arms measured only 32 inches at the NFL scouting combine and thus wouldn't be projected as a tackle. (Alas.)

The Bears have an immediate need at guard, where Pugh could begin his NFL career. Gabe Carimi, Matt Slauson, Edwin Williams and James Brown are among the competitors for the two starting spots.

Continuing around the NFC North: