The Chicago Bears kept the ball rolling in the second round of the NFL draft, trading up to acquire offensive tackle Teven Jenkins out of Oklahoma State University.
The Bears traded their 52nd overall pick, their 83rd pick, and one of their four sixth-round picks for the Carolina Panthers’ 39th and 151st pick in the draft.
General manager Ryan Pace hit another home run with the selection of Jenkins. The Bears were screaming for help on the neglected offensive line, and Jenkins is a perfect fit for left or right tackle.
Jenkins was a projected top-20 overall pick, and one of the best offensive linemen in this draft. That alone made Pace’s second trade-up and drafting another great move.
Now that Pace has traded away more picks, the Bears are left with very little in this draft. They have the Panthers’ fifth-round pick and three, sixth-round picks.
Pace and the Bears still have a lot of gaps left to fill. They could use help at cornerback, linebacker, and even wide receiver. They could even double dip with the offensive line.
The problem is that the Bears do not have the draft selections to help these positions. Last offseason, the Bears drafted Arlington Hambright and Lachavious Simmons in the seventh round to help the offensive line, and they never panned out.
Now, the Bears need to think of another way to place themselves back into the draft to fill the voids of the roster.