Chicago Bears make huge trade in this 2022 NFL Mock Draft

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Chicago Bears, Josh Rivas
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With the Bears hopefully having their offensive tackles of the future locked down in Teven Jenkins and Larry Borom, they should be able to focus mostly on the interior of their line. Again, Daniels could be gone and the only sure thing inside would be Cody Whitehair.

The Sam Mustipher experiment flopped quickly after he had an impressive end to the 2020 season, therefore the Bears may need a couple of interior guys this offseason. While Poles could certainly find one in free agency, drafting two more like Lindstrom and Kansas State’s Josh Rivas would give them some competition for another spot.

Rivas stands 6-foot-6 weighing about 320 pounds, so he’s a behemoth of a man. He is very strong in his upper body, and has above-average footwork. His lateral mobility is the one area he’ll have to improve if he is to handle the quicker pass rusher at the NFL level.

Possessing a nice, wide base, Rivas is much better at run blocking than he is pass blocking. For that reason, he’ll be a bit of a project and would likely be beat out by Lindstrom on the depth chart. But, the size and strength are a good base to work with going into his development.