The Chicago Bears have a solid group on their interior offensive line
- Cody Whitehair
- Aaron Banks (R)
- Alex Bars
- Jack Anderson (R)
- James Daniels
- Sam Mustipher
Cody Whitehair showed how great he was at left guard last season when Sam Mustipher took over at center. He was playing at a Pro Bowl level down the stretch last season. He may need to restructure his contract though this offseason to save the Bears some money.
Aaron Banks is a great offensive guard that is highly underrated this NFL Draft. Banks proved his talent constantly at Notre Dame and showed he can additionally play offensive tackle when he filled for fellow draft prospect Liam Eichenberg. Banks would be a third-round pick that could develop into the next star offensive guard out of Notre Dame. Here’s my report on Banks as well from a mock draft.
Alex Bars would compete with his former college teammate Banks for the starting job. Bars played solid at right guard when he was finally called upon, but Banks may have the edge for this season. Jack Anderson would be a seventh-round developmental project who may eventually take over at guard in the future or be a solid rotational player.
James Daniels needs to move to center. With how good Whitehair was at center, Daniels should be a center due to his build and his abilities. He struggled at it early in 2019 before switching back to guard, but maybe Juan Castillo can aid in his switch to center. Daniels was playing very well at left guard before going down to an injury in 2020. Mustipher showed he could be a solid center in the future, but for now, he may have to be a backup.
Obviously, this isn’t the Deshaun Watson blockbuster trade that the Bears’ fans would love, but that may not be realistic. In this offense, the Bears would bolster their offensive line and give Jameis Winston the time he needs in the pocket to sling it all over the field. I do believe Sean Payton helped Winston and he will be good. Regardless, this would be a solid offense that could put up plenty of points.