Chicago Bears: Reviewing just how bad Ryan Pace was this offseason

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Things don’t look quite as good for the Chicago Bears in the later rounds

With the moves up in the draft, the team no longer had a third or fourth-round pick. Larry Borom has some real promise and upside though as a fifth-round pick out of Missouri. Could he actually be the team’s future left tackle and Jenkins moves back to the right side? Honestly, I don’t care at this point who ends up where, as long as both pan out and this team finally has a top offensive line in the league. Building in the trenches is key in the NFL and Pace has made efforts to do this.

Wait, what? Yes, Ryan Pace has definitely addressed the defensive and offensive line while here in Chicago. He has brought in Akiem Hicks, drafted Bilal Nichols, identified undrafted free agent Roy Robertson-Harris and more. On offense, it took him too long, but with the addition of Cody Whitehair and James Daniels (both no later than Round 3 picks), he has definitely done more here than given credit for. The thing is, ignoring your left tackle spot can get you quickly fired. Pace is lucky he is still around.

Pace was able to draft some guys with upside and promise in the sixth round. Dazz Newsome is likely to make the roster come 2022. He is currently on the practice squad and likely one injury to a wide receiver away from being promoted. I love Thomas Graham and personally thought he should be on the roster over Duke Shelley. Shelley does nothing for me and Graham has way more upside, not to mention talent. He is at least on the practice squad and will hopefully earn a promotion.

The last two picks are making an impact though. Khalil Herbert is easily the third-best running back on the team right now and slotted in as the RB4. This is mostly because I don’t consider Tarik Cohen a true running back. He’s more like a hybrid WR. Then the Bears also got lucky with seventh-round pick Khiris Tonga. He has been very productive in the preseason and at camp. He made the final roster and should see some rotational playing time.