Chicago Bears: 5 NFL Draft prospects to watch at Senior Bowl

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Chicago Bears, Max Scharping
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Offensive Tackle Max Scharping, Northern Illinois

One of the areas I would like to see the Bears address is at offensive tackle. The depth there could be improved, even when it comes to the starting right tackle spot. Bobby Massie has improved since joining Chicago a couple of years ago, but he is still the weakest link up front.

Max Scharping, a 4-year starter out of Northern Illinois, would be a phenomenal selection in the upcoming draft. Scharping could absolutely be selected within the first three-to-four rounds, and his play at the Senior Bowl would cement that.

In 2017, Scharping allowed just five quarterback pressures on 425 snaps and his Huskies allowed the fewest sacks in all of FBS (h/t FootballMaven). In 2018, his stock rose even more and is looking to be yet another smaller school stud to jump onto the pro scene.

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Scharping has “Ryan Pace” written all over him. Typically, if you want a top-tier offensive lineman, you look at Wisconsin, Ohio State, Notre Dame, etc. But, Northern Illinois? It’s not every day you see a high-end prospect come from the Huskies.

At 6-foot-6, 320 pounds, he has ideal size and can play both tackle spots. His arm length and hand technique are what will jump out to you when watching him. Thanks to his workouts which feature some boxing, this is an aspect in which he is certainly NFL-ready.