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Chicago Bears, Daniel Faalele
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The Chicago Bears select Daniel Faalele in the third round

We all know that offensive line needs to be a focus here in Chicago and all signs point to Ryan Poles being the guy to get it done. He is a former offensive lineman himself and has proven to be a big reason why the Kansas City Chiefs offensive line has been above average for years.

Well, Chad Reuter believes that Ryan Poles will not waste too much time in the 2022 NFL Draft to select his first offensive lineman. He uses the second of his Day 2 picks on Daniel Faalele out of Minnesota in this mock draft.

Faalele is a monster of a man. He stands 6’8″ and weighs over 380 pounds. What is a little surprising though is how well Faalele moves for such a big guy. He is a little raw and has some areas that need improvement, but he projects to be starting tackle in the NFL. Personally, I have Faalele as a mid to late second-round pick. If he were to fall to the Chicago Bears at 71, he would be a fantastic selection for Ryan Poles.

Matt Eberflus will love Faalele’s drive and work ethic. He refuses to give up on blocks and even when he struggles with faster guys with strong bursts off the ball, he uses his big frame and above-average balance to regain positioning. He is the definition of a player coveted for his size as he saw offers from multiple D1 schools even though he never played a snap of football in high school. He was actually a rugby player and this could be why he’s agile for his size.

Honestly, if Daniel Faalele had more experience, he could potentially be a first-round pick. That is how high his ceiling could be. If the Chicago Bears were to select Faalele, it would be interesting to see how the offensive line shakes out. Faalele would probably not start his rookie season — at least not immediately. As he showed progress though, he could work his way into the starting lineup.

Then the team might decide to kick Teven Jenkins or Larry Borom inside. There are plenty of decisions that need to be made here before the start of the 2022 season.