Round 2 | Pick 33 | Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama
For far too long the Chicago Bears have had a hole at offensive tackle. Last year’s starters were not very good, and likely benefited from having such a dominating interior working with them. Enter Cam Robinson of Alabama, who starts at either tackle position immediately.
Going back-to-back Alabama players is coincidental, but it’s the type of move Pace could benefit from following. Choosing elite players from elite programs likely has a higher hit percentage than searching through grainy DII videos.
Robinson is a massive man at 6’6″ and 332 lbs. If he locks on, that is a defensive player who can count himself out of the play. Look no further than his performance against Myles Garrett for proof of Robinson’s value.
Pick 36 | Zay Jones, WR, East Carolina
The Chicago Bears signed a hodgepodge of wide receivers in the off-season. None has the complete package that Zay Jones has.
Jones proved he can catch the ball to the tune of NCAA record-setting 399 receptions, with 158 coming in 2016. His hands are incredible. Many receptions were underneath routes, but that doesn’t mean he didn’t torch defenders.
He’s got great size for a WR (6’2″). Combining his hands, size, footwork, and general athleticism is lethal. Jones seemingly always gets the 50/50 ball, and has a great feel for throws near the sideline.
Adding Robinson and Jones likely means two starters for the Bears in 2017. At the very least, Robinson starts and Jones proves himself enough to get more reps as the season progresses.