Chicago Bears Mock Draft: Bears run it back with Nick Foles
By Ryan Heckman
The Chicago Bears double-down at offensive tackle in the second round
Continuing with the early trend, the Bears go tackle in the second round also. At pick number 52, Chicago selects Liam Eichenberg out of Notre Dame.
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The Bears have struck gold with recent Irish offensive linemen, and Eichenberg will be no different. Last year, when the Bears had to start both Sam Mustipher and Alex Bars due to others being injured, the line actually improved. Both Mustipher and Bars were undrafted gems found by the Bears and now look to become integral pieces going forward.
Eichenberg could come in right away and steal the other tackle job away from either Charles Leno or Bobby Massie. It depends on whom the Bears decide to cut ties with between those two, but make no mistake, they will wave goodbye to at least one of them.
As a lineman who is good at everything across the board, Eichenberg isn’t going to shock anyone with his speed. Instead, he’s more of a precise and calculated player who wins with technique and strength.
Eichenberg is best in the run game, too, which will help the Bears continue their focus of getting David Montgomery going early and often just as they did over the last few games of 2020. If Foles is to survive and thrive, the Bears have to establish a healthy run game. Eichenberg will be a big part of that.