Chicago Bears Mock Draft: Mitchell Trubisky can breathe, for now

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Chicago Bears, Cesar Ruiz
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Michigan. 57. Pick Analysis. IOL. Scouting Report. Cesar Ruiz. 2. player

It isn’t a sexy pick, but Bears fans know that getting an offensive lineman in this draft is a priority, especially if they can do it early.

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With the departure of veteran, leader and fan favorite Kyle Long, Chicago has a huge gap to fill up front (no pun intended). Long has not been able to stay healthy over the last few years, and the Bears must find a long-term replacement at guard.

Thankfully, this year’s draft is actually pretty deep at at offensive line, at least at the top of the class. Within the first two rounds, many teams will be able to find Day 1 starters. Even at pick no. 43, the Bears could find their next starting guard in MIchigan’s Cesar Ruiz.

For a guy who stands 6-foot-4, 319 pounds, Ruiz can move well. He finds ease getting to his blocks at the second level, if necessary, and packs a punch when he makes contact as well. For a second-round guy, Ruiz is as polished as they come.

The Draft Network calls Ruiz “powerful and athletic,” adding that he has excellent body control and is scheme-versatile.

Reading scouting reports on Ruiz, the only real issue seems to be that he could actually afford to lose a little weight — which would make him even more agile, scary enough. Ruiz would come in and immediately be the Bears’ starting guard, replacing Long. He’s a surefire pick at 43.