With the Chicago Bears’ final pick, I took Joshua Kaindoh out of Florida State. Kaindoh was supposed to take a big step forward this season but really has not put things together on the field.
Kaindoh has the physical traits needed to succeed in the NFL. He stands 6’7″ and weighs in at 265 pounds. He has great hand techniques and uses his athleticism to win at the point of contact. However, he lacks multiple pass-rush techniques and counter moves.
Taking him here in the seventh round though will allow him to learn behind some of the best pass rushers in the NFL — Khalil Mack and Akiem Hicks. He has a high motor and does not take plays off.
I do not see Kaindoh as ever developing into an elite pass rusher in the NFL, however, he has the ability to become a solid pass rush specialist who plays opposite of an elite pass rusher. When it comes to seventh-round draft picks, the key is finding guys who have high upside. Kaindoh is one of those guys and rounds out this draft nicely in my opinion.
The Chicago Bears would walk away in excellent shape if the 2021 NFL Draft worked out this way. The team would walk away with a quarterback of the future, two new starting offensive tackles, a wide receiver to help soften the blow of losing Allen Robinson, a defensive lineman to push for starting time on day one and some quality depth pieces. If the draft shakes out this way, I’d give it an A+ grade easily. Maybe I should be applying for the General Manager position?