LAKE FOREST – After a major trade on Thursday to get Justin Fields to help the offense, Ryan Pace was right back at it again to start the second round.
This time it was to get an offensive tackle to protect his quarterback of the future.
To move up to the 39th overall pick, the Bears made a trade with the Panthers to pick offensive tackle Teven Jenkins of Oklahoma State.
In the deal, the Bears also got Carolina’s fifth round pick (151st overall), sending their original second round pick (52nd overall), the team’s third round pick (83rd overall), and a 6th round pick (204th overall) of the 2021 NFL Draft.
Jenkins was a part of the Cowboys’ offensive line from 2017-2020 and this past season was an All-Big 12 first team selection. The senior from Topeka, Kansas was also versatile, starting games at right and left tackle along with right guard during his career at Oklahoma State.
He was expected to be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday but slipped to the second round, and the Bears were able to get a major position of need.
The Bears released starter Bobby Massie this offseason to make cap room while also looking to upgrade at the critical position on the offensive line. The 6’5, 317 pound lineman figures to be a favorite to start at the position once training camp begins this summer.