Bears Interested in O-line Prospect

As Chicago scouts continue to make the rounds at pro days across the nation, the team is clearly looking an offensive line prospect to groom. Read about the latest player the Bears had their eye on earlier this week.

With the starting lineup returning and five reserves with at least a season's worth of starting experience, the Bears already have depth on the offensive line. What's needed is a prospect and possibly two to develop over the next couple years.

Ruben Brown, Fred Miller and John Tait are all on the wrong side of 30. Adding a draft pick now will allow him to be ready for starting duty in a season or two.

Utah State OT Donald Penn could be a diamond in the rough. He played on a losing program, but performed well. He started 42 games for the Aggies over the course of four years and was second-team all-WAC as a senior. The six-foot-4, 317-pounder spent time at both left and right tackle, yet projects to guard at the next level. rates him as the 14th best guard prospect.

During his recent pro day several other teams aside from the Bears showed interest, including Baltimore, Cleveland, Kansas City, Minnesota and Tampa Bay.

Penn is a nasty blocker who plays with leverage. Displaying footwork in pass protection, he effectively uses body positioning to seal defenders from the action or turns opponents off the ball. The reason guard is an option for Penn is because he's been described as stiff. He lacks adjustment and is best in a small area, such as the interior of the line.

The Bears have talked with several prospects that can play multiple positions on the offensive line. Penn is not the most well known player among the crop, but could be a versatile backup with the potential to develop into a starter with time.

Jerry Angelo has shown a knack for turning out starters on the second day of the draft and Penn could be the next in line.

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