Jul 26, 2012; Bourbonnais, IL, USA; Chicago Bears players huddle during the opening day of training camp on the campus of Olivet Nazarene University. Mandatory Credit: Bradley Leeb-USA TODAY Sports

Bears draft future … Charles Leno


Dec 22, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Chicago Bears guard Eben Britton (62) and offensive tackle Jordan Mills (67) look to block during the second quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles defeated the Bears 54-11. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

There has been a flurry of follow up on the Bears draft and most of it has centered on the first six picks.  One pick that has fallen through the media cracks is the seventh round selection of Boise State’s Charles Leno.  I am of the school you can never have enough lineman, and Leno potentially adds an upgrade to depth and a future starter when Slauson finishes his run.

Most Bear fans have little idea of who Leno is, but actually might end up being the best pick of the litter down the road.  Leno comes to camp at 6’4″ 303 that has played both right tackle and left. He is a good athlete, shows good balance and mobility. Emery has stated that Leno will be in competition for roster position.  Most look at Leno as a future guard. Charles was a three starter and never missed a game due to injury. By playing both tackles positions he brings that versatility that the Bears are looking for in a player and has played guard.

He is tough, works hard and has a positive attitude on and off the field.  He does need to hit the weight room and add strength and will some fine tuning on technique.  Scouts believe if he learns quickly he could challenge Mills or at the very least Britton for a roster spot. I believe that is a stretch but do think he could push Brown off the roster.  At the very least, Leno would find a spot on the practice squad.

Leno is an exciting addition to the Bears, and am looking forward to his development and eventually being a starter of the future.

 

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  • http://www.bearsdraftontap.com Johnathan Wood

    It will be extremely tough for Leno to crack the starting lineup any time soon. Bushrod, Slauson, Long, and Mills are all under contract for at least 3 more years.

    IMO a best-case for Leno in the next year or two is he can become a solid swing tackle who replaces Eben Britton next year for cheaper and under contract long term. Then maybe by the end of his rookie deal he’s earned a starting role somewhere, if all goes well.