With the additions made this offseason, how will the Chicago Bears offensive line depth chart look in training camp?
The Chicago Bears did not draft on the offensive line but had an impressive haul of UDFA lineman in 2019. Harry Hiestand clearly still has a lay of the college land and put together a core of players who will compete and add form a group that is more underrated than it once was.
With so much versatility and competition, how does the offensive line depth chart stack up?
Left Tackle- Charles Leno
Left Guard- James Daniels
Center- Cody Whitehair
Right Guard- Kyle Long
Right Tackle- Bobby Massie
The only question here will be whether Cody Whitehair is the center or left guard. Rumors have swirled that the center role may be in line for James Daniels. However, nothing is official yet. Nonetheless, these five names are set in stone.
Coward is a project right tackle who has developed well and should keep his role. However, the pressure is on Bradley Sowell. Sowell has guard, and tackle ability, but so do some of the UDFA options below. Marquez Tucker is a pass blocking UDFA, Joe Lowery is a run blocking UDFA, and Lucas is a veteran who will provide competition.
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The versatility of Sowell will do him well in training camp. However, if needed, Bars could slide to tackle in a pinch. Still, he is rehabbing an ACL. Blackmar played tackle in college, but projects more as a power blocker in the NFL. Tommy Doles is a pure guard UDFA whose lack of versatility will hurt him in this group. Lowery and Tucker are tackles who went to UDFA status because they may have to shift to guard in the NFL. Still, both could end up with NFL careers by being a swing tackle. The Bears certainly could use the depth, and these two will push Sowell.
Ted Larsen has an edge up on Sowell because he can slide into center if needed. Sure, Whitehair and Daniels can play center, but Larsen can jump in for either and is their top swing lineman. However, Mustipher is a name to watch. A Notre Dame graduate, Mustipher is familiar with Hiestand, and Hiestand did vouch for the former team captain.