3 Future Starters the Bears Could Draft on Day 3

The 2024 draft is very deep at some positions of need for the Bears. They can potentially find starters on day 3.
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2. Dominick Puni, G/C - Kansas

There is nothing puny about Puni's game. Sorry, I had to get that one out of the way early. Jokes aside, Puni played tackle at Kansas but is likely a guard prospect. Many believe he can also play center. The Bears did bring in Ryan Bates and Coleman Shelton already, but neither of them is going to be the second coming of Olin Kreutz. Puni can likely compete for a starting spot early or step in, in the unfortunate case of an injury. Teven Jenkins and Nate Davis have battled various injuries in their careers so should not be depended on to play a full 17-game season at this point.

Puni is a much better pass blocker than against the run. He will not come into the league and immediately push around NFL interior defenders, but he has a great feel for rushers and utilizes leverage very well. He played tackle mainly at Kansas but projects better as an interior lineman at the next level. He ranked third overall in pass-blocking grades among tackles last season per PFF with a 90.4. He was a finalist for the Polynesian College Football Player of the Year and earned First-team All-Big 12 honors.