The Bears gave up this year’s 52 (2nd round), 83 (3rd round), and 204 (6th round) for Carolina’s 39 (for Jenkins) and 151 this year (seventh pick in the 5th round). Josh broke down the details of the trade here.
Jenkins has been a popular player on mock drafts for the Bears — in the first round — however some of his medicals that the teams received may have pushed him down the board. He played through minor stuff during his college career, and he opted out of the remainder of the 2020 season in November to get ready for the draft, so presumably the time away helped him get better.
There was never anything too serious or he would have slipped even further, and what ever ailed him didn’t stop him from working out at his pro day.
The Bears are getting a nasty and physical player that should be able to start at right tackle as soon as he’s up to speed with the playbook. His presence will help stabilize Chicago’s o-line, a unit that has some talent but needs time to gel.
Jenkins is nearly 6’6”, he’s 317 pounds, he’s one of the strongest players in the draft and a mauler in the run game, but he’s capable in pass protection as well, and he shows a high football IQ when blocking.
Then there’s the attitude. “[I’m a] tough, physical, nasty motherfucker,” he said at his pro day, “a dude who does not shy away from hits, a dude’s who is going to bust his ass.”
What letter grade do you give the Bears’ selection of Teven Jenkins at 29 overall?
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