Big changes ahead as Chicago Bears make two trades in 2021 mock draft
With the additional second-round pick, the Chicago Bears land a right tackle
Now that the Chicago Bears have the 33rd-overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, Ryan Pace looks to replace Bobby Massie by selecting another player who should be able to plug-and-play.
Not often a team can land two new starting offensive tackles in the same draft. The Chicago Bears made their own luck with this one by trading up in this deep draft class while sacrificing their second-round pick next season. Teven Jenkins should be able to jump in at right tackle and he brings a bit of a nasty streak this offensive line has not seen since Kyle Long and Olin Kreutz.
Jenkins is a mauler who can help not only secure the right side of the line but can also help create a push that the offensive line has lacked the last few seasons. Like Eichenberg, Jenkins also stands at 6’6″, but he weighs in at 320 pounds. He brings versatility to the offensive unit too as he has experience at right guard and left tackle also. For more on Jenkins, check out his profile here.
The Chicago Bears now get a new center for a full revamp of the offensive line
The thought here was to take Kyle Trask with this pick, but he did not fall far enough as the San Francisco 49ers took him 44th overall. Honestly, I thought about offering a trade to move up for him, but giving up any more future draft capital just did not feel right at the time. With Trask off the board, none of the quarterbacks left were worth taking at 52. There were a few ways to go here as the team could use a new safety and another wide receiver. None were worth the reach.
Instead, I decided that an undrafted free agent in Sam Mustipher was too risky to just hand the starting job over to in 2021. With one of the better center prospects on the board, it seemed fitting to take Creed Humphrey with the 52nd-overall pick.
Creed Humphrey was a three-year starter at center for Oklahoma. He is big and wide at 6’5″ and 320 pounds. What sets Humphrey apart from many centers is that he is left-handed. This is not necessarily an advantage, but whenever a player has to adjust to something out of the ordinary it typically plays in the other’s favor.
With the addition of Humphrey, this could potentially shake up the offensive line drastically. Could the Chicago Bears rely on three rookies in 2021 on their offensive line? That might be asking a lot, but let the best man win. James Daniels and Cody Whitehair can hold down the two guard spots with Sam Mustipher and Alex Bars as experienced backups that could push the rookies for starting time. This offensive line might not be great in 2021, but the future possibility looks amazing.