What does the Chicago Bears offensive line look like heading into the 2020 NFL draft?
The Chicago Bears have finished making the majority of their moves before the NFL draft. Now, we have a couple of weeks to digest the roster and see what type of holes this team will need to address.
When looking at the Chicago Bears, what does their depth chart on the offensive line look like before the start of the draft?
1. Charles Leno Jr.
Some Chicago Bears fans think Leno is awful, some think he is elite. He falls in between where most think, and is about an average starting NFL tackle. The Bears could upgrade, but have bigger fish to fry, and do not have fallback options on the roster. His salary is fair for his play, and he is entrenched as a starter on the left side.
2. Dino Boyd
Boyd was a 2019 UDFA from Cincinnati. He spent his first offseason in the NFL with the Kansas City Chiefs, but was let go and picked up by the Bears where he spent the year on the practice squad. Boyd being about all the depth they have here shows that tackle depth could be a draft addition, but also that Leno has no competition.
1. James Daniels
Daniels started the season at center, but after struggling through a variety of things with Mitch Trubisky, he moved back to left guard. He has much more NFL experience at left guard and much better tape there as well. All signs point to him sticking at left guard for the foreseeable future.
2. Corey Levin
Levin was a sixth-round pick by the Titans in 2017. However, he spent 2018 and most of 2019 on the Broncos practice squad. The Bears picked him up last November, and now he will enter the summer as a backup at guard and center.
1. Cody Whitehair
The only issue with Whitehair at center has been his snaps. He is great at communicating, setting protection, and obviously blocking in all phases. Unless the Bears draft a center high and move Whitehair to right guard, expect the team to hope that Whitehair can only get better with his snaps, as he will stick at center.
2. Sam Mustipher
Mustipher was a UDFA from Notre Dame who signed with his old coach Harry Hiestand. With Hiestand out the door, it will be interesting to learn where Mustipher stands after a season on the practice squad.
1. Germain Ifedi
The Bears signed Ifedi to a minimum salary deal, so there is no guarantee he wins this job. However, his profile suggests he is best at guard, and Ryan Pace noted that he is a guard as well. With limited options on the roster, he has a very real chance to be the Bears starting right guard for Week One.
2. Rashaad Coward
Coward slotted in at guard for the Bears final 11 games. He was a defensive lineman turned right tackle who moved to right guard when Kyle Long showed he no longer had gas in the tank. His play in 2019 showed hints of promise, but the realization is that he should not be looked at as a starter at this point. Hopefully, there is some sort of practice sessions so the Bears can see Coward work against Ifedi.
1. Bobby Massie
Massie took a big step back in 2019 and got hurt after signing an extension. Now Massie is 30, and potentially in the last year of his deal. Can Massie show up and guarantee himself more money, or is this the end of the road?
2. Alex Bars
Many Bears fans will argue that Bars should be looked at as guard competition right with Coward and Ifedi. That is fair, and he will certainly get a look there. Still, the lack of tackle depth is eye-opening. The Bears added Ifedi and called him strictly a guard and moved Coward to guard before bringing Bars up last year. Even when Massie got injured, Bars stayed down. He may be a fan favorite but has not earned coaches’ trust yet. Bars could take a step forward, but he also could be looked at as versatile depth by the front office.