"It was a good draft for us without having a first- or second-round pick," Bears coach Lovie Smith said.
"Defensively, we really wanted to infuse our defense with some young talent," Bears general manager Jerry Angelo said. "That was really one of the goals of this draft.
"Receiver-wise, we knew that was a position we needed to add some players, and we did," Smith said. "From Iglesias, with what he brings as a good, steady receiver with good skills, caught a lot of balls, to the speed of Johnny Knox and the combination we got with Kinder."
Iglesias caught 202 passes for 2,821 yards and 19 touchdowns, including 10 as a senior, at Oklahoma. Knox ran the third-fastest time in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine at 4.34 seconds.
"I saw a little more attention, a little more interest after my combine," Knox said.
The Bears plan to use Gilbert at defensive tackle behind starter Tommie Harris, who has battled an assortment of injuries the past three seasons. Gilbert made 24 college starts at defensive end and 12 at defensive tackle.
"He more looks like an end," Angelo said. "They moved him inside this past year, which I thought was really a great move for him, and obviously he really kind of fit into their defense."
Gilbert made 21.5 sacks for San Jose State, including 9.5 his senior year.
"Either one is actually great for me," Gilbert said. "Inside, I feel like I'm really quick in there. And outside over the tight end, I feel like I'm pretty strong. Either one I feel like I can play pretty well."
Gilbert is the son of former New Orleans Saints offensive tackle Daren Gilbert, but he's also known for an Internet video showing him jumping out of a swimming pool.
"He can do more than jump out of a swimming pool," Smith said.
Melton scored 16 touchdowns in his first two seasons as a short-yardage running back before converting to the defensive side, and he's regarded as a project.
Moore came out for the draft early, after making 12 of his 13 career interceptions in his sophomore and junior seasons.
"I didn't believe I was going to get too much better than what I was," he said. "I was one of the best cornerbacks in the best conference, playing with the best players.
"I felt I was the best cornerback in the draft."
Louis was an offensive lineman in college, but the Bears project him as a 6-2, 302-pound tight end or even a short-yardage fullback after he ran a 4.75-second 40-yard dash.
"I've never seen a guy that big since Randall McDaniel run that fast, and when he ran that fast, he was about 275 pounds, so he's got some special traits," Angelo said.
Melton and Afalava both were arrested on DUI charges in college, but Angelo is confident there is no risk after exploring their backgrounds.
Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press