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Drafting four offensive linemen was an underrated move by the Chicago Bears
The Chicago Bears’ new regime has made it known they want to revamp the offensive line. When we look at the 2022 projected depth chart vs the 2021 depth chart, there has been plenty of turnover on the offensive line. This was obviously planned and we saw the Kansas City Chiefs (Ryan Poles’ old team) do something similar in 2021. The team cut ties with their injury-riddled left and right tackles in order to rebuild the line from scratch. It worked too.
Ryan Poles took little time to put his own stamp on things here in Chicago. James Daniels was allowed to leave and he followed his former quarterback, Mitch Trubiksy, to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Jason Peters was allowed to go back to his fishing boat. Sam Mustipher was told to take a seat. Then the real fun started. Poles brought in Lucas Patrick (previously discussed) and a couple of other depth-type pieces in Dakota Dozier and Julie’n Davenport— I don’t expect either to make an impact.
With Lucas Patrick the most likely lock to start at center and Cody Whitehair likely to start at left guard, that leaves three spots left. Teven Jenkins should be slotted in at the right tackle spot, but early rumors are that he and Larry Borom will battle it out to determine who starts at right tackle and who starts at left tackle. If I am being honest, I find that Teven Jenkins fits the right tackle spot best and Larry Borom makes me nervous. I’d prefer Borom as the swing tackle with a true left tackle signed or possibly elevated from the rookie offensive linemen they added.
One said lineman could be Braxton Jones. Jones is somewhat raw playing against some lesser talent in the Big Sky Conference. However, he only allowed three sacks in three years at the collegiate level. Maybe Borom can prove himself at left tackle (he looked very good at times in 2021, but also bad at times too) and Jones can be the swing tackle. Either way, I like the idea of giving this team as many players in the trenches to determine the best offensive line combinations.
The other offensive linemen drafted this year includes Zachary Thomas, Doug Kramer and Ja’Tyre Carter. What I love about all of these players is how well they fit an outside zone running scheme. Zachary Thomas is likely to project as an offensive guard. He could push to start at the RG spot.
Doug Kramer could also play guard, but he has 48 starts at Illinois at center. He could be the developmental center behind Lucas Patrick. Ja’Tyre Carter could prove to be the steal of the draft in the seventh round. He was a standout during the Senior Bowl — proving he can handle NFL-level talent. Carter could play either tackle or guard. He’s the guy I hope actually earns the right guard spot, but I’ll put my faith in the coaching staff to determine which five is best.
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Turning five draft picks into six and then six into 11 is underrated in itself. However, adding four new offensive linemen to this roster is likely going to prove to be the most underrated move by the Chicago Bears in the 2022 NFL Draft.