This is sort of the random, finale slide that mainly touches on other positions/players that the Chicago Bears could take a look at.
I’m going for the ultra-rare “Three birds, one stone” play. All joking aside, I look at some of the position groups that the Bears could realistically want and need, and I just don’t know if I like them a ton. That’s in regards to the Senior Bowl versus the draft in its entirety.
Trace McSorley, ATH, Penn State University: There is a reason why I listed McSorley as an ‘athlete’ versus a quarterback: he isn’t going to be starting under center in the NFL. He had a very rough week of practices, misfiring on all cylinders. You could finally see how important Saqoun Barkley, Mike Gesicki, and DaeSean Hamilton were for him during his Junior year. His down Senior year clearly was no aberration; that was the real McSorley. However, he is a gritty and dynamic athlete. His best hope at the professional level is to be the next Taysom Hill, a multipurpose weapon for the modern-day NFL offense. Or the Patriots will sign him and turn him into yet another freakin’ slot receiver.
Anthony Nelson, DE, University of Iowa: The Chicago Bear’s front seven isn’t exactly dying for help at the 5-tech position. But with Roy Robertson-Harris entering restricted free agency, I’m sure no one hates the concept of stockpiling depth. Nelson was a late add to the Senior Bowl roster, and he’s a mean dude. A lot of credit goes to teammate A.J. Epenesa. but Nelson did his fair share of damage last year. He racked up 45 tackles, with 13.5 being for a loss, nine and a half sacks, and one pass deflected. No one knows if Jonathan Bullard can finally break out. If he can’t Nelson could be the guy.
Michael Deiter, OG, University of Wisconsin: In general, the Wisconsin offensive line is full of big boys, and Deiter is one of them. Consistent in the run game and stout in pass protection, Deiter did make starts at right tackle in 2017 but was kicked into left guard last season. That’s where he’ll play in the pros. Should the Bears do the unthinkable and move on from Kyle Long (probably going to be a restructured contract), Deiter could slide in. He would not be a replacement at right tackle in case Bobby Massie leaves. We’ll find out how he holds up against the best interior lineman on Saturday.
Oh, also watch the specialists. There is a ton of Twitter love for LSU kicker Cole Tracy. Should Robbie Gould not return to the Bears, Tracy would be a major upgrade at kicker.