Bears select C Hroniss Grasu in 3rd round

The Chicago Bears have selected former Oregon center Hroniss Grasu in the third round.

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Hroniss Grasu
Oregon / 6'3 / 297 lbs
  • C
  • [3] #7


Grasu was sidelined in 2014, ending a streak of 48 consecutive starts because of a leg injury. But when he played last season he was very effective, earning All-American honors. Grasu was credited with 83 knockdown blocks and 13 touchdown resulting blocks. He also graded out highly at 87%. Those are all stellar numbers. He’s the type of lineman that can beat a defender with power or finesse. Grasu gets off the ball well at the snap and functions well blocking on the move, whether it’s getting to the second level or pulling and trapping. Grasu is does a nice job in pass pro but gets in trouble against some big and powerful bull rushers.

Dave-Te' Thomas Player Evaluation

The Chicago Bears are building from the inside out. After drafting nose tackle Eddie Goldman in the second round, the Bears addressed the offensive line with former Oregon center Hroniss Grasu in the third round (71st overall).

Grasu was a four-year starter for the Ducks who started 50 collegiate games. He was a three-time Pac-12 first-team honoree and a two-time finalist for the Rimington Trophy.

Grasu is extremely athletic and tested well in the quickness drills at the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine. He's projected to fit very well in the zone-blocking run system of Chicago offensive coordinator Adam Gase.

Grasu is a former teammate of current Bears guard Kyle Long.

The Bears signed veteran center Will Montgomery to a one-year deal this offseason, so Grasu will likely have to sit his first season in the NFL.



Jeremy Stoltz is Publisher of and a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. He is in his fifth season covering the Chicago Bears full time. Follow Bear Report on Twitter.

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