The Chicago Bears have made an offensive selection in the fifth round, taking Southern Utah OT Braxton Jones with the 168th overall pick.
Chicago landed the 168th overall pick in an earlier trade with the Buffalo Bills that saw them also acquire the 203rd selection for the 148th pick in the 5th round. The selection is the first offensive line pick GM Ryan Poles has made in the 2022 Draft.
Here is a breakdown of Braxton Jones’ game via NFL Draft analyst Lance Zierlein:
Jones has moments where he can overwhelm his level of competition with size and length, but he’s currently lacking the technique and force needed to succeed against NFL defenders. Jones’ run blocking isn’t as dynamic or athletic as expected and his issues with pad level are a concern. However, he has good slide quickness, developmental traits and talent that should not be overlooked in pass protection. Shoddy footwork and a lack of half-man leverage in his pass sets led to a rough game against Arizona State, but both areas are correctable with work. He has the upside to become an average starting left tackle, but swing tackle feels like the safer projection.
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