When the second round of the 2021 NFL Draft kicked off on Friday night, the Chicago Bears got to work quickly.
General manager Ryan Pace began the night by making yet another bold trade up, just six picks into the second round. When the Carolina Panthers were on the clock at pick 39, Pace sent them quite the haul.
The Bears traded their no. 52 pick, their third rounder (pick number 83) along with pick no. 204 to get up to no. 39. Fortunately, Chicago also netted a fifth rounder in return (no. 151).
With that 39th selection, the Bears somehow lucked into Oklahoma State offensive tackle Teven Jenkins.
The Chicago Bears were able to get a player mocked to them in the first round, only 19 picks later.
Over the last month or two, Jenkins was often mocked to the Bears at pick number 20 in the first round. Many fans would have been just fine had the Bears taken Jenkins there, assuming they stayed put in the first.
The Oklahoma State product was looked at as maybe the third or fourth-best offensive tackle in the draft, yet slid quite a ways for some reason. Each year, of course, some players just fall a bit. Fortunately for the Bears, they’ve been able to take full advantage of two of those players already in the draft.
Having already moved up to take Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields after he fell to no. 11, Pace is having himself quite the weekend. The Bears now have their franchise quarterback, and he’ll be protected by the Bears’ newest offensive tackle for years to come.
When speaking of that newest offensive tackle, there are three things you should know about Jenkins. It all begins with how he plays the game.