Hroniss Grasu: Chicago Bears Draft Profile
Jan 10, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Oregon Ducks center Hroniss Grasu (55) smiles as he answers questions during Media day for the Oregon Ducks at Dallas Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
The Chicago Bears had one of the best overall drafts in recent history and signed some interesting undrafted free agents as well. Over the next week Beargoggleson will be breaking down the Bears draft picks and the undrafted free agents with a legitimate shot to make the 2015 roster. With a new management team taking over the leadership of the Bears and the Bears transitioning to new schemes on both sides of the ball, there will be significant roster turnover. Rumors are already circulating about some veteran players and recent draft picks that may not be on the roster in 2015. With all of the turnover in the front office and coaching staff, there is more of an opportunity than usual for rookies to make the team.
C, Hroniss Grasu, University of Oregon
Arm length: 32 1/8″
Weight: 297 LBS
Hands: 10 1/4″
40 yard: 5.03
Overview: Chicago Bears looked to the drafted to shore up their offensive line. After the departure of long time center Roberto Garza it was time for the Bears to move on. They draft a rising star in Hroniss Grasu, a talented young center that will be able to transition well into the Bears system. Grasu started 52 games at the University of Oregon where he was recognized for his play by being named first team All-Pac 12 and second team All-American.
Strengths: Grasu has many strengths as a center that will make him a valuable addition to the Bears offensive line. He can battle bigger defenders and has strong hands. He is athletic, shows great quickness and makes good adjustments at the second level. Grasu is considered a hard worker by his coaches and team mates.
Weakness: Although, he has strong hands at times he struggles with placement and has the tendency to take on too much when blocking. Another concern is his health, in late 2014 he had surgery on his left leg and to this point there is no word on if it will affect his first year in the pros.
Bears Fit: The Bears are in need of help on the offensive line. It will be vital to their success for a young player like Grasu to develop quickly. If he can make the necessary adjustments, he has the potential to be a very good center for Chicago. Draft experts have compared his skill set to that of Max Unger of the New Orleans Saints.
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