Chicago Bears retool the offense in three-round mock draft

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Chicago Bears, Christian Darrisaw

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Round 1, Pick No. 16

16
Christian Darrisaw
OT Virginia Tech

Pro Football Focus (PFF) graded this pick a C+ for the Bears. I believe it should be higher as he may be the second-best offensive tackle in this draft and that is the immediate biggest need given what I believe the Bears will do (cut Leno and Massie).

Christian Darrisaw has been a star for Virginia Tech ever since he started on campus. He started as a true freshman for the Hokies and has been a force. He struggled with injuries as a freshman, but in his sophomore campaign, he started all 13 games for Virginia Tech at left tackle. He additionally has started every game this season as well.

Darrisaw has the experience, size, and speed to be a great left tackle at the next level. His long arms and athletic ability will help him greatly to stop NFL-caliber pass rushers. He is extremely quick for his size (6′ 5″, 314 lbs). He has great power to help in the run game and does well in pass protection despite his sloppy footwork.

He needs some cleaning up before he’s ready to become an elite tackle at the next level, but his only real knock is his footwork in pass protection and because of this, his balance can lack as well. Some NFL offseason training will fix this fairly quickly and he could be a staple left tackle for many seasons.

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