With two picks over the span of three, the Chicago Bears can get a player with upside on each side of the ball here in the fifth round. While the Bears already took one offensive lineman, they are going to need more than that. Dakota Dozier signed a one-year deal and can play guard if need be, but adding competition there could go a long way.
Luke Fortner was a captain at Kentucky and while he might not be one of the most talented offensive linemen in this class, he has a high ceiling, especially for someone in the fifth round. The base line is there for him to step in and compete for a starting job right away with the potential to grow over time.
Fortner will translate best as a guard to the NFL level. His football IQ and leadership should allow him to be a director of traffic on the line for protections, something that will be very important to a young offensive line.
Where Fortner will need to grow is mainly his timing. When that’s off he can try and make it up in other ways, which causes a chain reaction of problems. If he can fix his timing on blocks he should have a bright future in the NFL.