Chicago Bears Center Depth Chart: Post OTAs 2021
The Chicago Bears center position is one of the more interesting groups on the roster. There are essentially only three players on the roster who have a serious chance to play center. Even in a depth role, they are the only three with enough experience to trust. However, all three could be starters.
So, the question with this is how the depth chart will fill out. At some point, the second and third-team centers will have to take snaps, and there are questions as to who would step in if the first team center went down. The starting center has not been officially named, but we assume we know how the line will play out.
1. Sam Mustipher
All accounts as of now are that Sam Mustipher is the starting center. He took the starting snaps at OTAs with James Daniels and Cody Whitehair beside him. He did nothing in OTAs to lose that job, and while he still has to win the spot officially, all indications point that way.
2. James Daniels
If Mustipher got hurt, the odds are that Daniels would slot into guard. As we noted when we discussed the guard options, keeping Whitehair at guard is probably best for Whitehair, and the upside of Daniels at center is far greater. Now that Daniels is in year three he may be more mentally secure in handling the calls of center.
3. Cody Whitehair
There is still a chance that Whitehair winds up the center for week one. There have been plenty of situations when Whitehair was penciled into starting guard and we saw him starting at center instead. Still, the Bears have to feel comfortable with what they have in Mustipher. They also drafted Daniels to push Whitehair to guard permanently. We will see if Daniels and Mustipher can keep Whitehair at center, but he still is clearly one of the top three options.