Chicago Bears Mock Draft: Ryan Poles makes an unprecedented trade, revamps offense

The Chicago Bears need to revamp the offense and Ryan Poles does just that in this 2024 NFL mock draft. However, he does it in a way that many fans would never expect.

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Chicago Bears, Zach Frazier
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2.43: Zach Frazier, C - West Virginia

I currently have two centers in the same tier -- Jackson Powers-Johnson and Zach Frazier. I have Powers-Johnson ranked first and Frazier second. I recently pulled Sedrick Van Pran out of that tier and gave him a true second-round grade. Powers-Johnson and Frazier I have as fringe first-rounders. One or both are most likely to fall into the second though. With Powers-Johnson off the board, it didn't take long for me to decide on Zach Frazier here.

When it comes to offensive linemen -- especially those who play on the interior -- I love guys who are also wrestlers. I find that their hands are stronger and they do a better job at holding (without penalty) interior rushers at bay. Frazier is a former wrestler and it shows.

Another thing that I love about Frazier that sets him apart from Powers-Johnson is that he was a full-time center at West Virginia. Powers-Johnson played mostly guard for Oregon before the 2023 season. Frazier is coming off an injury but has no major concerns. Frazier has a nice bend. Snapping is not an issue (yes please!), he keeps a good pad level most of the time. He could add more strength to his anchor (lower body) but that is an easy one-year fix with an NFL training staff. I'd pair him with a veteran (Evan Brown) in 2024 and let him prove himself to be the better player early.