Chicago Bears: Deep dive into the hype of the 2021 NFL Draft (part 2)
Let’s talk about more than the Chicago Bears quarterback
In part one of talking about the Chicago Bears draft class, we gushed about Justin Fields and shared some thoughts about Teven Jenkins. What about the rest of the class? The headline might have been getting Justin Fields and Teven Jenkins, but that is not why the Chicago Bears draft was one of the best.
Well, it has a lot to do with it, primarily if they both work out, which needs to happen. Ryan Pace traded away his third-round, future fourth-round, and fifth-round draft picks this draft to gain what he gained. In return, he acquired a fifth-round selection that was higher than the original pick he had. Ryan Pace traded down in the sixth round to acquire more draft capital was made to land a nose tackle later in the draft.
Ryan Pace should not be listed as a hero but a bold general manager. Ryan Pace is willing to block the outside noise to fulfill his vision. OK, on to the draft picks. The Chicago Bears drafted Larry Borom with the 151st (fifth round) overall selection. Larry Borom was the only consensus reach the Chicago Bears made in the 2021 NFL draft.
According to Pro Football Focus (PFF), Borom was supposed to be selected somewhere in the sixth round. You could say the Chicago Bears could have traded down to select him, but Borom showed up to his pro day with many answered questions over the concerns NFL teams had on him. Borom looked like a sizeable out-of-shape guard that could eat his way out of the NFL. Borom was listed at 6’6″ and 332 pounds but looked more like he was pushing 345 pounds.
Borom showed up at his pro day at 6’5″ and 322 pounds. The dedication is what caught Ryan Pace and his scout’s eyes. Along with:
That is a lot of green with an outstanding 8.65 RAS for Larry Borom. Whether Borom is a guard or a tackle, this kid means business. In Borom’s first 17 games of his college career, he gave up 15 hurries and one sack. Borom’s overall PFF grade averaged around 63. Last season in the eight games Borom played in, he gave up one hurry and one sack, with an 87.0 PFF grade.
It is all about work and putting in the grind to get better for Borom. Another thing that Borom has is something Teven Jenkins is often complimented about being a nasty bulldog. Borom wants to hit you and take away the opponent’s determination to make a play. The Chicago Bears have missed prime Kyle Long’s attitude. Now the Chicago Bears have two rookies coming in to bring that back.