Things have been heating up when it comes to the pre-draft circuit. The recent start of activities at the East-West Shrine Bowl has allowed some prospects to make a name for themselves, and guard Mason McCormick out of South Dakota State has done just that.
McCormick is a player that most people have never heard of but is a name you should start paying attention to. Since his time down in Frisco Texas for the East-West Shrine Bowl, McCormick has impressed a lot of scouts and even earned himself an invitation to the NFL draft combine.
Before this week, all of the experts had McCormick going undrafted -- but he’s quickly changed that narrative. With his impressive strength and foundation, especially in the run game, McCormick has proven he can handle his own in the trenches. At 6’5 and 315 pounds, he has the size and strength to become a great player at the next level. Size in the interior is something this Bears roster lacks, and McCormick brings just that.
Another thing that McCormick brings to the table that would help this Bears team tremendously is his versatility. On day two of the Shrine Bowl he took reps at the center position, where he once again was very impressive. His guard-center versatility is a huge plus and would give the Bears much-needed depth at two different positions.
Even going back to his days in college, McCormick has proven to be a guy with the tools to do it at the next level. He’s a proven winner, helping the Jackrabbits bring home two National Championships during his tenure.
Along with that another thing that impresses me is his durability. Starting 57 games for the Jackrabbits, he’s proven to be reliable, which is something that the Bears lack from their offensive line.
If you look at all McCormick has accomplished and proven over his college career, and pair that with the impressive showing at the Shrine Bowl thus far, he’s shaping out to be a perfect fit if he falls in the lap of the Bears come the late rounds of the draft.
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