This was a surprising find in the third round, but every once and a while a player will fall and you simply have to jump at the opportunity. This is one of those opportunities for the Bears, as they get a second-round talent in the third with Wisconsin’s Leo Chenal.
As one of the top inside linebackers in all of football last season, Chenal would come into an interesting spot with the Bears. Roquan Smith will get paid and obviously functions best as a middle linebacker. However, the value with Chenal is too good here.
Chenal is an incredible run-stopper and is especially successful at rushing the passer. He causes havoc in the backfield. He’s got a weird frame, as he’s probably too small to play defensive end and might not quite be best fit to play outside linebacker in Eberflus’ 4-3 defense.
However, that’s up to the coaches to determine. Maybe Smith plays a hybrid role on the outside with Chenal on the inside.
Regardless, if Chenal is sitting here at this point, the Bears cannot pass him. He’s got undeniable power that is very rarely matched across his position and class. Chenal finished last season with 115 tackles and 18.5 tackles for loss.