If the Chicago Bears are looking to add to their offensive line, they might have found their guy.
It’s no secret that the Chicago Bears — and more specifically general manager Ryan Pace — have been terrific at scouting, identifying, and drafting talented players in the late rounds. Perhaps that skill will be most important this year, as the Bears have a limited number of picks in the 2019 NFL Draft.
The team will not make their first selection until the third round. While it was certainly worth it, the deal to acquire Khalil Mack took away their first and sixth-round picks. As for their second-round pick, that was sent to the New England Patriots last year on draft day, when the team moved up to select wide receiver, Anthony Miller.
While there is always the potential to make a trade to acquire more picks, at the moment, the Bears only own four total picks — one each in rounds 3, 4, 5, and 7. So not only do they pick late, but they don’t pick often (so the opposite of voting in Chicago — *rim shot*).
In any event, this means that the Bears are going to have to find terrific value and perhaps even some versatility. At the moment, there are still questions surrounding the future of Adrian Amos and Bryce Callahan. After the team extended Bobby Massie, it’s unclear whether they will have enough money to bring one or both back.
One of the areas they could look to bolster this offseason is the offensive line. Bryan Witzmann, Eric Kush, and Rashaad Coward are all free agents. And with Kyle Long‘s injury history, it makes sense to add depth through the draft. If that’s the Bears’ goal, a guy like Olisaemeka (Oli) Udoh could be just what they need. We take a look at what he could bring to the table and give you a glimpse into the person with our exclusive interview.