Ryan Pace finds his offensive tackle help in the seventh round. I know many of you want the Chicago Bears to draft a tackle earlier, but outside of the top four or five guys, the offensive line position is not what I would call “elite”. What I would call it is deep though and landing Yasir Durant here in the seventh is an amazing value.
Durant has great size at 6’7″ and 330lbs. Why is falling this far in the draft then? First of all, he struggles when being attacked by quicker EDGE rushers. When they cut back inside, he tends to give up too much position and the defender gets pressure through the B gap. His length in his arms is another reason that pro scouts are not as high on him. For this reason, some NFL teams may view him more as a right tackle opposed to a left tackle.
He would be the perfect pick as the team needs depth at both left and right tackle. I could see him taking over for either Charles Leno or Bobby Massie in 2021.
The Chicago Bears running back depth chart consists of David Montgomery, Tarik Cohen and Ryan Nall. Yeah, I like Nall, but the Bears need to find a way to add some depth. They let a guy get away last year when the Steelers swooped in and stole Kerrith Whyte. With the 226th pick, Ryan Pace selects Sewo Olonilua, running back out of TCU.
Whyte and Olonilua are nothing alike when it comes to running style or even size. Olonilua is 6’3″ and 240lbs but has 4.66 speed. He would be a great compliment to Montgomery and Cohen. Olonilua is not elusive, but he has the ability to generate yards. He has a bit of a checkered past as he was arrested on two felony drug charges in 2019, but at this point in the draft Pace should take a chance with him. He could be the north and south runner the team desperately needs at times.
With the Chicago Bears’ final draft pick of the 2020 NFL Draft, Ryan Pace selects Jon Runyan, Jr., offensive guard out of Michigan. Runyan is trying to follow in his father’s footsteps. His father was also Jon Runyan and he also played at Michigan. If the Bears land a lineman in the seventh round who can become a Pro Bowler like his father, well then they just stole the draft.
Runyan does not look like his father though and this is why he is likely going to come off the board in the sixth or seventh round if drafted at all. He lacks solid technique and finds himself off balance too often. He has some decent size at 6’5″ and 321 pounds, but will likely be a guard in the NFL. This is nothing more than an upside, depth piece. Runyan has a great football mind and maybe NFL coaches can find a way to bring out his father’s physical tools as well.
It should be noted the other option at this pick could have been Cole McDonald.