Chicago Bears: 5 draft targets whose stock rose at Senior Bowl

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Chicago Bears, Dillon Radunz
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With the odd offseason in store for the 2021 NFL Draft, the Chicago Bears need to use all the resources they can towards this Senior Bowl. With the 2021 NFL Combine not being the same and teams having to have their own respective pro days, the Senior Bowl is the last real look the Bears got at some prospects. Some of these prospects didn’t even play this season either.

The Bears had the opportunity to physically be in attendance for these practices. They got to see these players up close and watch how they interact, play, and work through drills and such. The Bears need to find some late-round gems in this draft and the Senior Bowl was a great place for them to find some. If they end up trading away their early picks for a quarterback, it makes the late rounds that much more valuable given the current cap space for the Bears.

Here are some players the Bears can target from the Senior Bowl.

Chicago Bears Draft Stock: Dillon Radunz | OT | North Dakota State

The former Bison left tackle has been a player I have been extremely high on already, but at the Senior Bowl, he showed that although he is an FCS player, he can cut it at the next level.

Dillon Radunz only had the opportunity to play in one game this year against Central Arkansas due to North Dakota State playing this spring and not in the fall. So for Radunz, making a name for himself at the Senior Bowl was dire. The way he played though was extremely impressive.

On the tape, you can see Radunz just man-handling the FCS defensive players with strength and technique. Many questioned that it wouldn’t be the same against higher-quality opponents, but Radunz showed that he can do that same thing to players even at the Senior Bowl.

With the Bears needing to fix their offensive tackles, Radunz can be found possibly even in the second round of the NFL Draft. If he is sitting there at 52nd overall, the Bears shouldn’t even hesitate with selecting him.