4 American OL the Chicago Bears must watch at Senior Bowl

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Chicago Bears Senior Bowl Scouting: O’Cyrus Torrence, OG – Florida

The one prospect on this list that I have with a first-round grade is O’Cyrus Torrence. I think he goes in the late first, or possibly the early second. Should the Chicago Bears trade down and acquire a late-round first, Torrence would be a guy I’d be very interested in. Like John Michael Schmitz, he’s been showing up at Senior Bowl practice.

Torrence started his collegiate career at Louisiana but transferred to Florida this past season. He hasn’t given up a sack at either school. He has experience at both left and right guard. He doesn’t quite fit the build Ryan Poles has shown to prefer on the offensive line, but at 6’5″ and 335 pounds, he is still quick and very athletic. He consistently gets to the second level in the run-blocking game and can be nasty at times. His football IQ has progressed and he has proven to be able to withstand stunts, blitzes and twists.

The biggest knock on Torrence is that he is still somewhat raw. His progress from Louisiana to Florida is exponential though and we are seeing what he’s capable of already at the Senior Bowl. He’s physically a beast, but he needs to be more consistent with his pad level. When he bends and stays low, it is very difficult for pass rushers to move or get around him. He has the greatest potential out of all of the offensive linemen at the Senior Bowl regardless of position or team.