The Chicago Bears roster is improved, but how improved is it? To put it to the test we will be comparing the roster to the rest of their division rivals to see where they stack up. Today, the focus is on interior offensive linemen.
This means the centers and guards. We are also looking at the starters but considering depth as well. So, where do the Chicago Bears rank?
4. Minnesota Vikings: Garrett Bradbury, Ezra Cleveland, Ed Ingram, Oli Udoh, Chris Reed
The Minnesota Vikings declined the fifth-year option for Bradbury, he took a look at the market, and he came back to the team on a deal less than that option would have entailed. Still, he is the starting center. That tells you what you need to know about the Vikings.
Cleveland is the gem of the unit, and Ingram is still young, so the best may be coming, but this group was an issue last season, and they are running it back again with no upgrades.
3. Chicago Bears Cody Whitehair, Nate Davis, Teven Jenkins, Lucas Patrick, Ja'Tyre Carter
The Chicago Bears line did improve, and we will see how much. Teven Jenkins is the one constant, but even he is moving sides. Nate Davis is a massive upgrade, and if one of Patrick or Whitehair can stay healthy it is an upgrade over Mustipher as well. Carter brings little to the table, but this group is a bit more stable and deep than the Vikings.
2. Green Bay Packers: Josh Myers, Elgton Jenkins, Jon Runyan, Royce Newman, Seah Rhyan
Josh Myers has plenty of talent, but it has not come together in the NFL for him. Still, the combination of Jenkins and Runyan makes it easier to rank them higher. Jenkins is the most proven, and the duo has worked together, unlike the Bears group. Even Newman has plenty of starting experience, and Rhyan is more exciting than Carter as depth.
1. Detroit Lions: Frank Ragnow, Jonah Jackson, Halapoulivaati Vaitai, Logan Sternberg, Graham Glasgow
The Green Bay Packers have some talent, but this is not much of a debate. Ragnow is a proven center, and Jackson is establishing himself as a name in the NFL. Vaitai can have his ups and downs, but he is capable and has experience with this group. Beyond that, the depth featuring Glasgow, who can play center and guard, makes it easy to give them the top spot.