While free agency is still in the beginning stages, the Chicago Bears have already made quite a bevy of impact moves that are sure to affect how Ryan Pace decides to utilize the eighth overall pick. It should be fair to say that drafting a receiver with that spot in the draft would not be well-received anymore, as the team has already spent an ample amount of cap space on talents such as Allen Robinson and Taylor Gabriel.
It is already difficult to predict who will go where in any draft, but this year it is especially difficult to pinpoint where these college names will go due to the vast need and availability of quarterbacks in this particular draft. That being said, if all falls into place, the Chicago Bears should undoubtedly target guard Quenton Nelson from Notre Dame. This selection just makes too much sense. First, the most glaring need right now for the Bears is at left guard. After letting Josh Sitton go and having no real quality depth behind him, the position is wide open for the taking. After watching Nelson’s film, it is evident that he can be plugged in from day one. His ability to both run and pass block is aided by his freakish athletic ability for a guy his stature. He can hold the interior lineman as well as run to the outside to take on safeties and linebackers. He is poised to be a starter day one.
Besides Nelson’s obvious ability to play the position, this pick makes even more sense because his college offensive line coach, Harry Hiestand, works for the Bears now. Hiestand is regarded as one of the best line coaches in the country, and Nelson will only benefit by furthering his development with a coach he is very familiar with.
Quenton Nelson may not be the most exciting selection for Bears fans, but after acquiring some big names this offseason, Nelson fills the need of one of the weaker spots on the roster and can be seen as a day one starter.