Chicago Bears 2021 NFL Draft: 4 players now feeling the pressure
By Ryan Heckman
Chicago Bears starting tackle Charles Leno should be feeling some pressure
One of the losers of the 2021 NFL Draft, in terms of being from a player’s perspective, is tackle Charles Leno. The Bears’ current starting left tackle cannot be feeling safe after the Bears addressed that position with two of their first three selections in the draft.
First and foremost, Teven Jenkins is going to start — and he may start on the left side. Ryan Pace said that Matt Nagy has to figure that out with his coaching staff, but left the door open for Jenkins to start on the left side.
Not only did the Bears draft a mauler in Jenkins, but they took Missouri tackle, Larry Borom, in the fifth round. With a precious pick, Pace yet again went offensive line — and specifically, tackle. Now, the only saving grace here for Leno is that Borom could end up switching to guard. However, the way Borom played against SEC talent still suggests he can handle playing on the outside.
After letting go of Bobby Massie, the Bears were bound to find a starting tackle in this draft. But, they may have found two if Borom plays the way he did against top-tier college defenses over his career. Leno should be feeling anything but safe right now, and his job very well could be on the line.