2014 NFL Draft: Bears Add Tackle Charles Leno Jr. With Their Final Selection

2014 NFL Draft: Bears Add Tackle Charles Leno Jr. With Their Final Selection

The Bears found gems in guard Kyle Long early in the draft last year and tackle Jordan Mills later on now they added some more depth to the offensive line.

With their final selection (No. 246), the Bears selected Boise State tackle Charles Leno Jr. in the seventh and final round on Saturday at Radio City Music Hall.

The 6-4, 303 pound lineman started 36 consecutive games dating back to 2011 and 39 in total. In 2011, he started all 13 games at right tackle before moving over to left tackle for his final 26 starts at Boise State.

Leno Jr. had a fifth/sixth round grade from NFL.com. He should provide versatility for the Bears as he can play basically any position along the offensive line, even center.

Eben Britton will likely begin the season as the swing tackle and tight end hybrid, but eventually Leno Jr. could be groomed into that exact role.

It's a nice take in the seventh round. At the very least Leno will be valuable depth for Aaron Kromer's offensive line.

Breakdown of Leno's game according to NFL.com is below.

STRENGTHS

Outstanding arm length. Solid base in pass protection and can bump, steer and mirror. Understands fit and positioning. Can work up to the second level with ease. Flashes pop in his punch. Very durable, experienced three-year starter.

WEAKNESSES

Lacks substance in pass protection and can be moved off a spot and walked back to the quarterback. Tends to bend at the waist, overextend and lose positioning -- average recovery speed. Carries his hands too low and does not shoot them with violence. Is stressed by speed and struggles to cut off the rush. Does not play strong and catches too much.

BOTTOM LINE

Long-armed, soft-bodied college left tackle most ideally suited for a role as a versatile, swing backup in a zone-blocking scheme. Has not learned how to translate his athletic ability and explosion to the field, yet possesses enough length, agility and untapped talent to find a role for a patient offensive line coach. Could warrant interest inside as a guard or center where he has help on each side. Similar to Packers OT Marshall Newhouse.

 

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