Chicago Bears trade up for unexpected superstar in 7-round mock draft

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Chicago Bears, Landon Dickerson
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LandonDickerson. 2. player. 57. Pick Analysis. Alabama. Scouting Report. C

The Chicago Bears find a future anchor for the line in the second round

James Daniels was supposed to be the Chicago Bears center for years to come. However, after starting out as a guard in his rookie season, the switch back to his former college position did not bode well for the Bears. In fact, the team flipped Daniels back to guard and put Cody Whitehair (a natural guard) back at the center position. This little experiment sounded great on paper but failed miserably.

Daniels does not seem to have the leadership and vocalization needed to man the center position in the NFL. Last year the team went back to Whitehair again, but injuries forced them to promote undrafted free agent Sam Mustipher. Mustipher actually did well and I like him as a player, but he lacks the physical size needed to man the center position well for years to come. Instead, I’d prefer to have him as a backup who can fill in at center or guard when needed.

This brings us to the pick of Landon Dickerson in the second round. Ryan Pace stayed at 52 in the draft and took Dickerson over the offensive tackles left on the board. Names like Liam Eichenberg, Jalen Mayfield, Samuel Cosmi, Dillon Radunz and even Jackson Carman were all off the board. The best offensive lineman was Dickerson and as much as I like Mustipher, Dickerson is a clear upgrade.