How will the Chicago Bears tackle depth chart play out?
Now that the NFL draft is over it is time to start looking to rookie camps, OTAs and training camp. The 90-man roster is now set so the time to speculate about who will be in what spot, and who may make the 53-man roster is here. In this series, we will go position by position to project the potential depth chart of the Bears come August. This edition will focus on the offensive tackles.
Left Tackle: Charles Leno
Leno is locked into being a starter on opening day. Leno has started in 29 of the Bears last 32 games and put in over 1,000 snaps last season. He had his ups and his downs, but he is still 25 and may not have hit his ceiling. It was pretty telling the amount of faith the Bears had either in Leno or in continuity as they hardly addressed the tackle position in the offseason.
Right Tackle: Bobby Massie
Massie was signed to a three-year deal last offseason, and season one in Chicago did not go as planned. He did start in 15 games, but from week one through the end of the year he was the biggest liability on the line. Still, the Bears are invested and are certainly planning to give him one more year before looking for outside options. As mentioned continuity is extremely underrated in offensive line play, so there is a good chance that year two of Leno and Massie can be better than year one.
3. Tom Compton
Compton signed a cheap deal this offseason. He spent four years in Washington and was a backup on the Atlanta Falcons last season. Compton has a good chance at making the team because he has put in some reps at guard as well. He can be a swing tackle and add to some versatility on the front.
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4. Bradley Sowell
Sowell was signed immediately after the draft. Clearly, the Bears were not able to add the tackle of their choice over the draft weekend and Sowell is the consolation prize. He has a shot to make the team, but the hope is that they never need him to play.
5. William Poehls
Poehls is a player without an NFL snap in his first two seasons. Poehls is likely a candidate to spend one more year on the practice squad but could find a roster spot because he does have the ability to play guard and tackle.
6. Joseph Dieugot
Dieugot is a project with great arm length and size. However, he is unrefined and is likely an easy stash on the practice squad with some upside to be worth looking into moving forward.
7. Mitchell Kirsch
Kirsch comes from a small school, but like Dieugot has measurables that fit an NFL player. He would need to have a really strong camp to make it onto the practice squad though.