Giving new grades to the Chicago Bears 2015 NFL Draft class

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Chicago Bears - Hroniss Grasu
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The Chicago Bears selected Hroniss Grasu with their third-round pick in 2015

In the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft, the Chicago Bears went back to the offensive side of the ball. Ryan Pace selected who he hoped could be the Bears starting center for years to come. Hroniss Grasu was projected to become an average starter in the NFL by most draft analysts. He was a solid offensive lineman coming out of Oregon despite not showing great strength. The knock on Grasu was that he didn’t really excel in any areas. He was just average all around.

Once Grasu got to the NFL level though, he struggled to block NFL talent consistently. His lack of strength and speed showed almost immediately and he was constantly struggling in pass protection. Grasu was supposed to be a better run blocker and even that did not translate enough to the NFL level.

While in Chicago, Grasu tore his ACL in his second season (2016) and missed the entire year. This was obviously a major setback, but it did not take long for the Bears to cut bait with Grasu. He only lasted three seasons despite signing a four-year rookie contract with the Bears in 2015. Grasu bounced around the league while finding temporary homes with the Ravens, Dolphins, Titans, 49ers, and now with the Raiders. He has been nothing better than a backup and that’s not good enough for a third-round pick.

NFL Draft Grade: C-

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