5 draft prospects on Chicago Bears radar who can play center or guard
1. Could Tyler Linderbaum fall to Chicago Bears?
Average Mock Draft Position: 27
NFL Comparison: Jason Kelce
Tyler Linderbaum is going to get less of a write-up because he is much more unlikely to fall to the Chicago Bears. Still, with his mock draft position at pick 27, it would just take a little bump to see him on the board. If he is on the board, the team may have to debate how much they want Lucas Patrick at center.
It is not often that a center can say that he is in the same athletic space as Jason Kelce, but Tyler Linderbaum can at least earn the comparison.
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You can see one big difference shows in his arm length. Even for being a bit smaller, Kelce has longer arms than Linderbaum, and that is going to be his biggest issue in the NFL. This will show at times when he has to hold his own with leverage.
When defenders can get their arms into him, he can get overpowered. Still, he plays with smart hands, and that helped Kelce overcome his deficiencies for years. Beyond that, he has limited questions as a run blocker.
The chances that he falls seem unlikely, but the length and overall demand for centers may push him into a range where he at least is worth talking about.