The Chicago Bears roster is full of question marks, especially on the offensive side of the ball. While many expect the Bears to look at adding players at wide receiver the bigger question may be the offensive line. While the interior of the line seems fine with Cody Whitehair, Josh Sitton, and Kyle Long the tackle spots are cause for concern. Despite this, the Bears may look at guard Notre Dame Guard, Quenton Nelson in the draft.
The 6’5” guard is predicted by many to be the best offensive linemen in the draft. Nelson was a captain on the team this year and with Notre Dame’s offensive line coach Harry Hiestand leaving the team to join the Bears this offseason, the fit seems too obvious. While the 8th overall pick may seem high to be selecting a guard, Nelson has been compared to fellow Notre Dame alumni and four-time all-pro guard, Zack Martin.
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— Dane Brugler (@dpbrugler) January 19, 2018
With the selection, the Bears would probably have to make a move. They could renew the Kyle Long at tackle experiment, use Long or Sitton as trade chips, or even outright cut one of them to free up over 7 million in cap space (via OverTheCap.com). Nelson would make a potentially elite young pairing with Whitehair and if the oft-injured Long could remain healthy, the Bears offensive line could be up there with the likes of the Cowboys and Titans.
Nelson really showed up in the run game. He could use his large frame and NFL ready strength to bulldoze linemen out of the way to create holes for the running back. However, Nelson also has quick feet and is very smart about picking up the blitz. Even with the guard position seemingly fine, don’t be surprised if Ryan Pace and the Bears make Quenton Nelson the 8th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.