Chicago Bears: Top prospects to watch in Christmas weekend Bowl games

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2. Offensive Tackle Josh Ball, Marshall

Next offseason, the Bears very well could be set on the inside of their offensive line. The way Sam Mustipher has played at center this year makes him a strong candidate to keep the starting center gig while Cody Whitehair permanently moves back to guard, with James Daniels healthy next season at the other guard.

Charles Leno and Bobby Massie have been major problems this season, and it’s time for them to have competition for their starting jobs. No matter how much they’re being paid, Leno and Massie have not cut it in 2020.

In the same game mentioned previously, Marshall touts a pretty good offensive tackle in Josh Ball. The guy is a mammoth at 6-foot-8 and is better in pass protection than he is in the run game, but that’s mostly because he still has room to add weight to his frame.

Even though he could afford to gain some weight, Ball can still finish blocks with strong physicality. It’s tougher for pass rushers to get around his large frame, which makes him a promising left tackle prospect.