Chicago Bears 2023 NFL Draft: Bears address the trenches and trade down in full mock

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Chicago Bears, Jordan McFadden
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Chicago Bears Draft Pick No. 218: Jordan McFadden, OG

The Chicago Bears offensive line depth could be better. McFadden adds versatility to both guard and tackle. The Bears have shown that they want length at tackle. Length should not be confused with height. McFadden is short; He lists 6'2 303 pounds with 34" arms. Think of Aaron Donald on the offensive line with long arms.

Leverage is vital, and McFadden has enough to push a Mack truck. He started his college career as a right tackle and started the last two seasons as a left tackle. For a shorter guy, McFadden pass-blocks very well. He gets out in space just fine but can get bullied by more robust nose tackles.

The Chicago Bears would favor themselves by seeing what he could do as a right tackle. I wouldn't expect him to start, but (he is a seventh-round draft pick) he could give Malaesala Aumavae-Laulu or whoever the Bears bring in at right tackle a run for their money. Or if you are feeling froggy, he could go to left guard while Sko plays right tackle. However, he is longer (laterally) than Peter Skoronski, which can't be ignored. If McFadden were 6'5, he would be drafted well before day two ends.

The offensive line breakdown would go like this ideally:

LT: Braxton Jones, Larry Borom (swing)
LG: Peter Skoronski,Ja'Tyre Carter
C: Cody Whitehair, Joe Tippman, Doug Kramer
RG: Nate Davis, Teven Jenkins
RT: Malaesala Aumavae-Laulu, Jordan McFadden

Fixing the Chicago Bears offensive line is challenging and might not be done by training camp. It isn't an exact science, but the Bears have clarified that they prefer to fix it inside out. With good health, the interior of the offensive line would be fixed and ready to support Justin Fields from pressure up the middle for a long time.