One OT for Chicago Bears in every round of 2021 NFL draft
Round 2: Dillon Radunz, North Dakota State
Other Options: Josh Ball, Dante Smith, Walker Little
We have written bout most of these options that will slide to pick 52 or later. For Josh Ball, the off-field issues should be enough to have him off of the Chicago Bears board. At least at pick 52, and coming from Marshall after being kicked out of Florida State. Still, on the field, he is better than Smith, who is raw, and did not test as well as many thought.
A raw player with athleticism is interesting, but Smith has too many questions for round two. Walker Little should be considered, but his issue is that after an ACL injury and a COVID opt-out, we have not seen him on t a football field in two years.
Dillon Radunz did not play in 2020 either, but he had a strong showing at the Senior Bowl and answered testing questions with great athleticism. His strength was questioned, but he clearly put on muscle in his off time. Radunz is a scheme fit as a zone blocker, and a small school player always makes Ryan Pace get excited. Matt Nagy was the North Dakota State Pro Day, likely to see Trey Lance, but certainly to meet Radunz as well. Dillon Radunz would not be a surprising pick at 52 if he fell.
Round 3: Stone Forsythe, Florida
Spencer Brown, Brady Christensen, James Hudson
This is another group we have touched on. James Hudson has as many, if not more questions than Smith when it comes to his projection and athleticism. He is too much of a project. Brady Christensen has his questions as well including age and arm length. Still, in round three, his 2020 season on tape may be worth a crack.
Still, he has to be behind Spencer Brown, who has all of the traits to turn into an elite right tackle. He is new to the position, but is younger and has movement skills you cannot teach.
However, Stone Forsythe may be the happy medium. He is raw but has experience taking on SEC rushers, which no one else in this group can say. He has the length and athleticism needed and could compete with Charles Leno early into his career if things break right.
Still, looking at Brown, Christensen and Forsythe may show that round three is a sweet spot for tackles in the draft.