Hroniss Grasu Is the Key to the Success of the 2015 Draft Class

Steve Rosenbloom at the Chicago Tribune makes a pertinent comment on the state of the Bears offensive line:

“As good as second-round draft choice Eddie Goldman and fifth-rounder Adrian Amos have performed, it’s scary for Ryan Pace’s draft class that third-round choice Hroniss Grasu gets steamrolled so easily.”

Hroniss Grasu as an Oregon Duck

I don’t know about Pace but it certainly is disturbing to me. The third round is usually reserved for elite talents that have just one or two little things that keep them from being elite players. It’s a round you have to hit on to find starters and the Bears have a poor history of doing so. Since 2010 only Will Sutton and Cris Conte have had anything that you could consider to be close successful careers. Sutton only emerged this year so the jury is still out on him.

The book on Grasu is that he needs a year in the weight room. Bears fans are praying that’s true. The 2015 draft, outside of Grasu and injured wide receiver Kevin White, has been reasonably productive. Eddie Goldman, Adrian Amos, and Jeremey Langford are all starter quality players who have made significant contributions this year. even the sixth round pick, offensive tackle Tayo Fabuluje, shows surprising athleticism for a man his size and he looks to me to have enormous potential. But the draft class won’t really be a success unless Grasu comes through as a solid starter for years to come.

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