Scouts Comments About the OL
Brad Biggs Chicago Tribune
Now that the Senior Bowl is in the books, what’s to be had for #Bears at No. 20 in draft in terms of linemen?
I asked one scout who has been good to me with information in the past how many linemen he thought would come off the board before the Bears select in an interesting conversation today. Check here for more info a little while later.
“Before 20?” the scout said. “I’d say three (linemen are drafted). Luke Joeckel (Texas A&M), Eric Fisher from Central Michigan and then it’s a toss-up between Jonathan Cooper (North Carolina guard), Chance Warmack (Alabama guard) and the Travis Frederick kid (center) from Wisconsin. Frederick is not catching a lot of steam right now but you watch what happens. In the next three, four weeks, Frederick will get a lot of steam.”
Would Lane Johnson, the Oklahoma offensive tackle who needs to add some bulk, be a good fit for the Bears at No. 20?
“You gotta remember that kid was a quarterback just a few years ago,” the scout said. “He’s still growing into that frame. He’s not the finished product but he is plenty good enough to play left tackle. He could be a legit pick at 20. It depends on the need of other teams, in terms of linemen, but the way it looks to me right now, the Bears should have no problem getting a tackle or a guard.”
What about the talent overall in this draft?
“Oh yeah, I think it is really pretty solid almost all the way through the first two rounds – the top 60 picks or so,” the scout said. “I am talking about the whole draft, not just offensive linemen. You’re going to get a solid player all the way through the top 60 and then after that you better do your work.”