5 Bears Draft Targets to Watch at the Senior Bowl

The 75th annual Senior Bowl will take place Saturday, February 3rd.
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5. Jackson Powers-Johnson, C, Oregon

Outside of the quarterback decision, center may be the biggest need of this team. Justin Fields has had to play with Sam Mustipher, Cody Whitehair and Lucas Patrick essentially in his lap for the majority of games as they were constantly walked back into the pocket. Regardless if it is Fields or a rookie, the Bears will need to address the center position in the offseason and Powers-Johnson is the best available in the Draft.

In 2022, Powers-Johnson played every position on the offensive line for the Ducks besides left tackle as a backup. However, in 2023 he was given the starting center job and never looked back, winning the Rimington Award and being named a Unanimous All-American. He helped lead the number one passing offense in the country and was a big reason Bo Nix had the best year of his 5-year collegiate career.

We do not often see centers selected in the first round as offensive tackles are viewed as much more valuable. The Bears currently do not possess a second round pick, but they do have a third and two fourths so they can move some things around to get into the early second round if they wish to grab the draft's best center.

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