5. Ben Bredeson, Michigan
Once again, we have a potential left guard who would have to move to the right side. Still, of those options, Ben Bredeson is the most likely to make it an easy transition. Bredeson is a smooth operator, with well-timed movements and foot agility. He is a player we have been following since the Senior Bowl, and his stock rose from there to the combine.
Bredeson is a four-year starter for Michigan. He was a freshman All-American, three-time Big 10 All-American, and a second-team All-American in his senior year. He can play the position well, he has plenty of experience, and his awareness is his best trait.
His biggest issue comes with short arms and a limited lateral range. However, when it comes to nuanced movements between Bredeson, Lemieux, and Simpson, the clear answer is Bredeson. If the holding calls on Ifedi keep up from Seattle, Bredeson and his safe technique could be awfully intriguing as a starting option.
"Bredeson is best-suited firing out in a power-based rushing attacking where his disadvantages in space can be mitigated. There are correctable elements in his game that should forge continued improvement, but there will be some bumpy roads against interior quickness. He should become an average starter."
Bredeson gets mocked in the third or fourth round in most scenarios. The biggest question with him is whether the Bears would reach for him in round two, or if he could fall to round five. The latter is certainly possible, especially without an insane physical upside. Still, this is a quiet and underrated depth player with starter upside.