The 8-best options for the Chicago Bears should they draft someone at ninth overall

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Chicago Bears, Peter Skoronski
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Chicago Bears Draft Target: Peter Skoronski, IOL - Northwestern

Keeping with the offensive line, another prospect worth drafting at nine would be Peter Skoronski. I've heard many say that if the Chicago Bears were to select him at ninth overall, then they must view him as an offensive tackle. I'd like to point out that Quenton Nelson, an offensive guard out of Notre Dame, was selected sixth overall by the Indianapolis Colts in 2018. Peter Skoronski isn't as good of a prospect as Nelson, but he's fairly close.

I am not sold on Skoronski as a left tackle in the NFL. If he were to play tackle at all in the NFL, it will likely only be on the right side. The narrative that Skoronski can play left tackle despite his short arms is overblown a bit. However, it is worth noting that most linemen with arms shorter than 33" usually do not succeed as a tackle in the NFL. This is not the only issue that Skoronski has though. He struggles against longer, strong defensive linemen who are able to get inside on him quickly. He loses his balance at times and the lack of consistency in this regard makes me question him as a tackle.

When I watch Skoronski on film, he grades out as the best offensive lineman in this draft. However, he is better suited as a guard. He'd be my third tackle prospect behind Paris Johnson and another tackle to be named later. His aggressiveness paired with his body type and ability to move to the second level make him the perfect guard prospect and worth taking at nine.