I have to tip my cap to Ryan Pace for throwing us off the trail and bucking some recent draft trends.
First, by trading up and selecting quarterback Justin Fields. Then, by following up with a pick who will help keep Fields standing upright:
The #Bears trade up and get their OL — OSU OT Teven Jenkins.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 30, 2021
Gettin' tougher in the trenches.
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) April 30, 2021
The Chicago Bears have taken offensive tackle Teven Jenkins with the 39th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. It’s a selection that comes after consummating a deal with the Panthers, in which Carolina receives the 52nd, 83rd, and 204th picks in this draft. Additionally, Chicago gets the 151st overall pick. But most importantly, the Bears are getting a mauler for the right side of their offensive line.
Jenkins was the No. 4 offensive tackle according to our Composite Ranking scale. More than that, he was someone sent to Chicago as a first-round selection in a bevy of spring-time mock drafts. Including a pair authored by ESPN NFL Draft guru Mel Kiper Jr., which is pretty neat. Good job, Mel.
I love this line from NFL.com’s Draft profile on Jenkins, describing his blocking prowess: “He can be an intolerant run blocker, looking to finish and bury his opponent once he gets his block locked and centered.”
So not only will Justin Fields enjoy this pick, I’m sure David Montgomery is over the moon seeing the Bears bolster the line with a quality prospect.
We have more to discuss when it comes to Jenkins. And because the Bears don’t look to have another Day 2 pick this evening, we can do so in short order.