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Chicago Bears: 5 Offensive Linemen Team Should Consider in the 2020 NFL Draft

Chicago Bears: 5 Offensive Linemen Team Should Consider in the 2020 NFL Draft

Chicago Bears: 5 Offensive Linemen Team Should Consider in the 2020 NFL Draft

While the Chicago Bears addressed a few of their needs during free agency, one area that still needs help is their offensive line. With Kyle Long retiring, Bobby Massie missing time due to injury in recent seasons, Charles Leno Jr. struggling with consistency at times, Rashaad Coward still learning the position, and the limited experience of Alex Bars, Corey Levin, and Sam Mustipher (21 games combined), the Bears at the very least can use players to compete for roster spots.

Chicago signed free-agent offensive tackle Germain Ifedi, but his issues with penalties are concerning. Perhaps some training camp competition could bring the best out of the veterans. Either way, the Bears need to shore up their front line to help improve their running game, and to better protect their quarterback (either Mitchell Trubisky or Nick Foles).

The Bears have seven picks in his year's draft, but their two second-rounders (Nos. 43 and 50) are their only ones in the first four rounds. With the majority of this year's picks falling on Day 3 (Rounds 4-7), here are some offensive linemen (in alphabetical order) that general manager Ryan Pace, head coach Matt Nagy, and the team's other decision-makers may take a long look at as the draft progresses.

Tremayne Anchrum, G, Clemson

While he doesn't get as much attention as his fellow interior linemates John Simpson and Sean Pollard do, Anchrum did his part up front for the Tigers. Anchrum started 30 games over his last two seasons, helping solidify an offensive line paved the way for 7,931 yards of total offense and 85 total touchdowns in 2019 alone. He's a two-time All-ACC selection, he's one of only 23 players in program history to play 2,500 snaps, and he won two national championships and four ACC titles while at Clemson.

Jack Driscoll, T, Auburn

This Connecticut native began his career at UMass (2015-17) before joining the Tigers as a graduate transfer in '18. His 45 consecutive starts between both schools ranked him 10th among active FBS linemen in 2019. Driscoll has proven himself to be durable, dependable, and a sound blocker. He held his own against some of the top defensive linemen in the nation on a weekly basis thanks to a loaded SEC conference, but he needs to work on his frame (6-5, 306), particularly when it comes to building up more strength.

Jake Hanson, C, Oregon

Playing offensive line for the Ducks requires plenty of speed, endurance, and efficiency due to Oregon's high-octane, up-tempo attack. And Hanson lived up to the task with no questions asked. A four-year starter (49 games), didn't allow a sack over his first three seasons (2,738 snaps), committed only one penalty in 2019, and was a two-time All-Pac-12 second-team honoree by the Associated Press. His physical abilities won't blow anyone away, but it's the total package that could help Hanson develop into a reliable backup.

Jared Hilbers, T, Washington

Hilbers played in 31 total games for the Huskies, starting at both left and right tackle. He has NFL size (6-7, 316) and some other appealing physical traits. And while it may seem like a small thing, after playing in the Pacific Northwest, Hilbers will have no problem adjusting to Chicago's weather.

Jon Runyan Jr., G/T, Michigan

He followed in the footsteps of his father, Jon Runyan Sr., by playing for the Wolverines. Now the younger Runyan looks to continue his family lineage in the NFL. The Runyans are the only father-son duo to win Michigan's Hugh H. Rader Memorial Award, which goes to the team's best offensive lineman every year. Runyan Jr. played both guard and tackle for the Wolverines and he has experience in a pro-style offense. Although he's probably better suited to be a guard in the NFL, his versatility could prove to be valuable for the Bears.

— Gabe Salgado is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. He's also written for NBC, Fox, The Sporting News, The Sports Journal, The Undefeated and Complex. He's a co-host of The Rewind Sports: 60. Follow him on Twitter @GabeSalgado82.