We have talked about his teammate Robert Hunt being an option in round two. However, an injury and no chance to check up on it may make him a risk that early. They may go with the consolation prize of Kevin Dotson from Louisiana.
Dotson is a four-year starter, a three-time All-Sun Belt performer, and was a team captain in his senior year. Still, the small school moniker had him falling under the radar. He did not get a combine invite, and while he went to the Shrine game, he did not get an invite to the Senior Bowl, either.
He is a bit of an unknown, but his video is going to get him drafted. The fifth round is about the round time to take the chance on a four-year starter and mauler at right guard. Dotson is 24, so he can compete to start right away. He is a better run blocker at this stage of his career, but the Bears need to add a mauler who can push downhill.
Adding a player who may get to start this late would be a find, and Dotson checks the box.
Reggie Robinson is another player that Ryan Pace will surely be eye-balling. He played safety and wide receiver in high school and was under-recruited, which led to a change to cornerback at Tulsa.
Still, he started from his freshman year through the end of his senior season. Robinson pops from a height, weight, length, and speed perspective.
He is still pretty raw but is coming off of a senior year where he took huge steps forward, hauling in all four of his career interceptions. His experience and athleticism makes him a better bet than Stephen Denmark. He took a huge step forward in his senior year and now has a chance to compete for starting snaps with Kevin Toliver and Artie Burns.
Bernard took a longer route to the NFL. He went to BYU and spent two years doing a mission before being suspended from the team. Bernard spent the next year outside of football before returning in 2018 to play two seasons with Utah. Bernard flashed, showing knowledge of football and strong tackling abilities.
He is not an elite athlete and is a bit on the older side. However, it is a special team’s asset immediately, and if an injury were to occur to Trevathan, his football understanding would be huge.
Bernard could be similar to a Jonathan Timu or Jonathan Anderson type pick for Ryan Pace.
Throckmorton is another four-year starter on the offensive line. Throckmorton moved around for the Ducks, playing all five offensive line positions in his college career. As you can see from his combine stats, he is a bit undersized and does not have the physical or athletic attributes needed.
However, there is a reason that Throckmorton was a team captain, a two-time All-American, and a three-time all-conference player. He knows angles well; he knows his body; he uses leverage and understands run schemes. The ability to step into any position, if needed, provides valuable depth, and while he may never be a starter, this is the type of player you want to round out a roster.
Tuszka is a bit undersized and was under-recruited high school. However, he has produced in the past three seasons, and last year posted 13.5 sacks at North Dakota State. He earned a combine invite and showed that he has elite agility, which is need at the pass rusher position.
Tuszka lacks length and is going to rely on that quick agility and bend, but could be a core special teamer with upside to bring more.