Chicago Bears offensive line
1. Ja'Tyre Carter (inside top 12)
Ja'Tyre Carter is one of the closer players to being a lock. He appears to be locked into backup right guard duties, and he earned that spot last season. It is hard to see him being unseated, but we only locked in seven guys because we are unsure if the Bears keep anywhere from 9-11 linemen. Also, Lucas Patrick has gotten work at both guard spots, making any backup interior lineman expendable.
2. Dieter Eiselen
Dieter Eiselen heard his name in the starting center mix this offseason. He has focused primarily on center since the Bears brought Ryan Poles in, but he played guard with Ryan Pace. The versatility helps, but if he is just a third-string center behind Patrick, he may not make it.
3. Dough Kramer
The issue with Doug Kramer comes down to his injury and lack of position flexibility. He missed his entire rookie season, and he is a seventh-round pick. Also, he only plays center. As we noted, at least Eiselen could be the backup left guard on paper, with Patrick being the backup center and Carter at right guard. If Kramer is a third-string at center with no other position, then he is heading to the practice squad.
4. Alex Leatherwood
Alex Leatherwood is the backup right tackle on paper. Still, after how much of an issue he was on the field last year, and how quickly the coaches were to move on from him, you have to wonder if the team wants to keep him or if he really needs to play inspired to make the roster.