Hroniss Grasu, C, Oregon, Round 3, 71st overall
Grasu was a universally liked pick by all the experts at the time, but things never really panned out for him in Chicago. It took awhile for Grasu to gain his footing as a rookie, and it took an injury for him to crack the starting lineup.
When he did, Grasu showed some flashes in the eight games he started, but the one thing was clear was that he needed to gain strength basically everywhere. He needed to improve his upper and lower body power if he was going to be successful at the NFL level.
Grasu missed his second year completely due to a season-ending injury he suffered during the summer. It was the last thing Grasu needed at that point in his career.
By the start of his third season, the Bears had drafted Cody Whitehair. With Kyle Long and Josh Sitton at the guards, Whitehair moved to center where he would excel as a rookie. Grasu didn’t have a place to play. He kept his roster spot for one more season where he played in a few games but never showed much when he was on the roster.
At the start of this season, the Bears decided to cut ties with Grasu. He bounced around with a couple of teams this past season but couldn’t really catch on. It’s probable that Grasu has played his last regular season game in the NFL.