Chicago Bears land Combine studs in this 2022 mock draft with trades

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Chicago Bears, Luke Fortner
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The Bears may not have entered the draft with a fourth rounder, but they swing another deal in order to get one. This time, the trade is with the Seattle Seahawks, who send the Bears their fourth-round pick, no. 112. In return, the Bears give Seattle their pair of fifth-round picks, no. 144 and no. 148.

With the pick, the Bears take an interior lineman to help protect their franchise quarterback. Kentucky center Luke Fortner stands 6-foot-4 and weighs 307 pounds. He could afford to pack on a little more weight at his height, but Fortner’s frame allows him to be a quick-stepping, versatile interior lineman.

Fortner is a smart player who can line up at either guard or center and would immediately come in and be viewed as a leader of that group. All throughout college, he was touted as a high-character guy who is well-respected.

Fortner’s footwork is very good, especially when it comes to his first step. He could definitely step in right away and compete for a starting spot at guard or center, depending on what the Bears do with Cody Whitehair.