Chicago drafted four offensive linemen and they signed another as an undrafted free agent, and it was those five that lined up with the first-team today at rookie minicamp, but it was where they lined up that caught my eye.
I wrote about where Chicago’s first year o-linemen fit on the current depth chart yesterday, and the fact that they lined fifth rounder Braxton Jones up at left tackle and sixth rounder Zachary Thomas up at right guard tells me something.
Jones has tackle size, length, and feet, and them giving him a first look at left tackle tells me they want to give him every chance to stay at tackle as a pro. He’ll get some run on the right side eventually, but his athletic profile is that of an NFL tackle.
Thomas’ college tape (and size) always seemed like he’d be a logical player to kick inside to guard, and by him getting the first look at right guard — Chicago’s biggest hole on the entire roster — could help with his comfort level as he transitions away from tackle. While he played mostly tackle at San Diego State, he did so on both sides, and he even played a little at both guard spots early in his collegiate career too.
Here’s how the Bears started Friday offensively in the trenches: Jones at LT, Ja’Tyre Carter at LG, Doug Kramer at C, Zach Thomas at RG, and Jean Delance at RT.