Ranking 5 sleeper centers Chicago Bears must consider in 2023 NFL Draft
4. Will Chicago Bears convert Clemson tackle Jordan McFadden to center?
Jordan McFadden is a fascinating name to keep an eye on. He started the past three seasons for the Clemson Tigers. McFadden started at right tackle in 2020 before moving to the left side over the past two years. While that sounds a bit out there for a center prospect, he worked out at center during the East/West Shrine Bowl, as well as the NFL Combine, and his Pro Day.
More than that, McFadden was a pre-draft visit for the Chicago Bears, and we know they need a center, so this could be another chance to view him in that light. It is not uncommon to see college tackles become NFL centers. JC Tretter is a great example, as well as Cody Whitehair.
McFadden has the length to play outside but is rather short. This can work against him, as well as his struggles with technique. He would be better off with bumpers around him on the inside than out on an island where the more physical rushers can beat his anchor.
Beyond that, McFadden has really light feet and could be great as a center who can get to the second level in a zone-blocking scheme. You either need to spend time ironing out his technical flaws at tackle, and he may not physically be able to handle it, or you can iron out the flaws at center, and it may be a better fit overall. Do not be surprised if the Chicago Bears take a swing on Jordan McFadden.