These five offensive linemen could still be on the board by the Chicago Bears first pick of round 2
We all knew this was going to be an offensive lineman heavy draft. Andrew Thomas, Jedrick Wills, Tristan Wirfs, Mekhi Becton, Isaiah Wilson, Austin Jackson, and Cesar Ruiz all went in the first round.
That is a lot of talent, but somehow it still left offensive line talent for the second round. Chicago Bears fans know how valuable the offensive line. If any of these five options fell in the next 11 picks, would the Bears scoop these linemen up?
5. Josh Jones, Houston
Jones is the small school kid. This is a player who would have went in the first round of almost any NFL draft. However, when a small school tackle in a draft with six big names, big school tackles on the board, he falls out.
However, it would not be a shock to expect Jones to outperform some of the names drafted ahead of him. This would be a steal for the Bears in round 2. Do they need starters elsewhere? Yes. Is he more longterm help at tackle than an instant upgrade? Probably. Should the Bears take him because he is the best player on the board? Absolutely.
4. Ezra Cleveland, Boise State
The Boise State left tackle Cleveland will be brought in to replace Boise State left tackle Charles Leno? It could be. We know that Pace is happy with getting Leno from Boise and may go back to the well with the upgraded version.
Cleveland is similar in style to Leno in that they both have quick feet that help them. Both struggle a bit with power as well. However, as Leno went round 7, Cleveland is much more NFL ready, and many saw him potentially going round one.
Cleveland and Jones are the smaller school tackles in a top-heavy draft. These are first-round talents that are sliding. Taking them at 43 is a no brainer.
3. Robert Hunt, Louisiana
If you have read the site before, you do not need to be introduced to Robert Hunt. Hunt is another small school player with the first-round tape falling out of a loaded class. Hunt is a player we have written about countless times, and we even mocked him to Chicago as well. This would be a slam dunk, and he very well may fall to 50 as well.
2. Lloyd Cushenberry, LSU
This is where things could get interesting. Cushenberry is a starting center. He could be the best player the Bears have rated, and while Cody Whitehair held the position down, he is a better guard than center. Do the Bears shake up the OL with a new center? Do they attempt to move Cushenberry to guard? Does he fall 11 spots?
1. Matt Hennessy, Temple
Hennessy is another athlete who has spent his college career at center. However, he has some experience at guard and was a tackle in high school. Hennessy is a bit more versatile than Cushenberry. However, it would be a take your pick scenario between the two. Both could be starters on the offensive line next year, and both could be on the board at 43. Will the Bears pull the trigger?