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Who is the most underrated Chicago Bears player?

The next two installments in our WCG offseason, roundtable topics are all about the most underrated and overrated Bears’ players. Today we’re tackling the underrated Bear.

By Lester A. Wiltfong Jr., Erik Christopher Duerrwaechter, Ken Mitchell, and Sam Householder May 20, 2019, 6:03pm CDT

When scouring the current Chicago Bears roster looking for the most underrated player, there are several ways one could go. We asked a few of our writers to give their picks for most underrated Bear and after I share who I went with, I’ll share what they said.

Lester A. Wiltfong Jr. - Can a second round draft pick only entering his second season be underrated? I don’t think enough is being made of the fantastic rookie season that James Daniels just had, nor of his potential heading into his second year as a 21-year old that may be moving to center. Daniels should be primed for a huge sophomore jump in play after starting ten games a year ago at left guard. I thought he played with good technique and surprising power once getting the nod.

Whether the Bears do flip him (to center) and Cody Whitehair (to left guard) on the interior of their line, I expect both to make the Pro Bowl this year.

Erik Christopher Duerrwaechter - I have a tie between Charles Leno Jr. and Bobby Massie. Both of these players have developed into a rock solid tandem as the bookend tackles for the Bears’ O-Line. It’s more impressive that Leno Jr. was a 7th round pick who’s established himself as one of the top half best LT’s in the NFL, while Massie was a castoff from a horrendous O-Line at Arizona which has gotten even worse after his departure. Best of all, Ryan Pace has both of these players locked up under reasonable contracts for the next few years.

Ken Mitchell - Even though he got his first nod do the Pro Bowl last season, I think Charles Leno Jr. is the most underrated Bear. Leno is absolutely solid, he’s a plug-and-play Top 10 left tackle who’s one of those ‘decade’ type players. Fortunately, he’s not only a ‘decade’ player, he’s one who’s in a key position; blind side protector. Is he a future Hall of Fame player? No, but he is, potentially, an All-Pro kind of a guy. Credit to Ryan Pace for getting him signed long term for very, very reasonable money.

Sam Householder - I think that it’s Allen Robinson II. Since coming over as a big free agent signing, the Bears added Anthony Miller, Javon Wims and now Riley Ridley. While none of those guys are as good as Robinson, I think there was enough intrigue around them that it took the spotlight off Robinson, so he kind of flew under the radar. Plus he only had a couple big, 100-yard games, so it wasn’t until the playoff loss that people realized how much he was coming on. I think he could have a huge year this year.

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My vote is for Charles Leno, Jr.

He is the biggest draft surprise in over a decade!

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I would go with Hicks

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PapaBear.OR wrote:

I would go with Hicks

Is Hicks really underrated still?

He did make the Pro-Bowl last year.

 

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I have to agree with the man from Oregon, imo it's Hicks.

The two years prior to last season, Hicks also deserved to go to the Pro Bowl. But got overlooked because of the Bears record and never got the recognition he deserved. He played hard those two seasons, when it would of been easy to mail it in, and was always trying to motivate the defense.

Yeah he was finally voted to the Pro Bowl last season. If he hadn't , there surely would of been criticism of the whole process.

I think Hicks does so many things to help motivate, get rookies educated on the ways of the NFL, and lots of other things that don't always show up in the press articles.

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Man, that’s a hard one! Leno is seriously overlooked, but then is he really? I’d say he is likely a top 10 or at least a top 15 tackle. How much attention should he get? I’ve always been and still am a big Leno fan, but I don’t see him as grossly overlooked.

Hicks on the other hand, I honestly think he is on the fringes of a HOF career yet he was still not a shoe in for the pro bowl. Add in everything he does as a leader to the team and I’d say Hicks is just as vital to the success of the defense as Mack is. 

Another still overlooked is Goldman. One of the best in the league but is living in Hicks shadow. 

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What about Roquan? He played great last year and I think he may explode this year. I think he gets overlooked because of all the talent on that D.

Having a lot of tools does not make you a Carpenter.  -Vic Fangio

 

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The Bears really do have a lot of guys one could argue are underrated....... a testiment to just how much talent there is on this team.

I still gotta go with Hicks though.  He has been playing at a really high level since the day he arrived and up to last season he recieved little to no mention by anyone outside Chicago.

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Nall

"Jay Cutler can throw a football and cut it through the elements as well as anyone out there. Arm talent immense, the upside you love it. The reason I'm critical is I wish I had it"-Trent Dilfer

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Nall

Kind of hard to rate a guy who is a Practice Squad player.  From what we saw in the Pre-Season last year, he looked good. But he was also playing against 3rd and 4th stringers. I still hope they make him into a FB/HB hybrid. I would rather have him available than a 4th TE on game days. I would guess he will be back on the PS again this year as the RB and TE rooms are very deep this year. A lot deeper than last year, for sure.

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me654 wrote:

Nall

Kind of hard to rate a guy who is a Practice Squad player.  From what we saw in the Pre-Season last year, he looked good. But he was also playing against 3rd and 4th stringers. I still hope they make him into a FB/HB hybrid. I would rather have him available than a 4th TE on game days. I would guess he will be back on the PS again this year as the RB and TE rooms are very deep this year. A lot deeper than last year, for sure.

Sadly I have to agree....... I think his best and only chance now to get past the practice squad and on to the roster is FB/ STs to be honest.  When they added Whyte I believe his chances of breaking into the line up as an H back pretty much went to zero.

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