If the Chicago Bears land a quarterback in the first round, there are still options
Liam Eichenberg Ι OT, Notre Dame
If the Chicago Bears look to take a quarterback in the first round, the second round still has some solid offensive tackle prospects. Liam Eichenberg will not be available when the Bears pick at 52nd overall. However, if the team is going all-in on this season, I am all for trading up and snagging Eichenberg.
Eichenberg is ready to play in the NFL. He projects as a starting left tackle. Eichenberg is more of a technical blocker. He struggles at times with quick, speed rushers, but his proper techniques help in that regard. If this offensive tackle class was not so deep, Eichenberg would easily have been a first-round pick. This is why I would easily trade up for him.
Dillon Radunz Ι OT, North Dakota State
The final player I would be happy with the Chicago Bears drafting to replace either Charles Leno or Bobby Massie is Dillon Radunz. Radunz will do best in a power-running scheme. This makes him somewhat of a non-fit for Matt Nagy’s offense. However, as we saw Nagy grow this season with the help of Bill Lazor, it is possible the team takes on more of a power-run game approach.
I see Radunz as more of a right tackle prospect than a left tackle prospect in the NFL, making him more of a Massie replacement. He should be available at 52nd overall too, which means the team can go quarterback in the first, keep their draft capital and stay at 52nd to select Radunz.
The Chicago Bears and fans should be excited if the team can land two of these players. Even if only one is added to the roster, we should be happy. A few free-agent notable mentions for the Bears would be Russell Okung, Cam Robinson, Germain Ifedi, Daryl Williams and Kelvin Beachum.
Other names in the first round of the 2021 NFL draft to look at should either fall is Samuel Cosmi and Rashawn Slater. Penei Sewell is the top tackle prospect but there’s no way he drops far enough. Teven Jenkins is another possibility in the second round. The Bears need to address the position both in free agency and in the draft.