Round 2, 39th Overall: Tyler Smith, OL, Tulsa
Building up the offensive line is one way for the Chicago Bears to help out Justin Fields. Hopefully, Teven Jenkins can stay away from the injury bug in year two and Larry Borom continues to grow into a serviceable spot starter. Here, the Bears address the tackle position, getting Tulsa’s Tyler Smith.
Smith oozes athleticism and has the temperament of a true finisher at tackle. He’s got a strong initial strike and has the quickness to recover and stay in front of rushers. However, his technique is a little raw, so he’s more of a long-term project at the position. If he hits, Smith and Jenkins will be a great bookend duo. If not, Smith should still be in a great situation to play guard.
Round 2, 48th Overall: Alec Pierce, WR, Cincinnati
Here’s the pick Bears fans will love. There isn’t anyone in the receiver room right now who can handle the “X” role, and while moving up into round one sounds nice, getting two impact players in a deep class makes sense.
Alec Pierce has the size and speed to work perfectly with Fields in the Bears offense. He’s dynamic at the line of scrimmage, showing enough with his release package to move defenders while using his hands to gain early leverage. He has the speed to threaten vertically, dominates at the catch point with impressive leaping ability, and is no-nonsense after the catch.