3 Local draft prospects who could end up on the Chicago Bears

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

Current projection: Early first round 

The offensive line continues to be a major concern for the Chicago Bears. Protecting Justin Fields is one of the franchise’s top priorities, and they can treat it as such by selecting a lineman at No. 9.

Paris Johnson Jr. has emerged as one of the best fits for Chicago, given his pedigree as a pass-blocker and NFL frame. But if Johnson falls out of favor for some reason with Chicago, Peter Skoronski might be the Bears’ best bet. 

While Skoronski’s arm length continues to be a major storyline, it doesn’t change the fact that he was the most productive college tackle of anyone in the class. 

At Northwestern, Skoronski faced no shortage of future NFL defensive ends, including last year’s second-overall pick Aidan Hutchinson and likely first-rounder in this year’s draft Lukas Van Ness. He’s as polished and pro-ready as it gets. 

There isn’t an offensive lineman in the draft with a higher floor than Skoronski. His technical ability and movement skills make it hard to believe he won’t be a productive pro, whether that be as a guard or tackle. 

Chicago’s need for a pure tackle makes them more likely to look elsewhere, but taking Skoronski isn’t completely out of the question just yet.