This wasn't expected.
Ryan Groy wasn't by any means a lock to make the Chicago Bears' roster. He wasn't even a lock to make it past the first round of cuts, but someone in the New England Patriots' organization saw value in the 2014 undrafted free agent and former Wisconsin Badger.
Last year Groy saw some action at guard (4 games with 3 starts) on the injury depleted Chicago offensive line. He was also working out at center in practice and ended the year as the #2 center for the Bears. In his 237 snaps last year, Pro Football Focus gave him a -2.4 overall grade.
Source: the Patriots traded 2015 6th round LB Matthew Wells to Chicago in the trade for G Ryan Groy.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) August 10, 2015
Here are Wells' Pro Day numbers from NFL.com.
PRO DAY RESULTS
40-yard dash: 4.44 seconds
Vertical jump: 35 1/2 inches
Broad jump: 9 feet, 10 inches
Short shuttle: 4.26 seconds
3-cone: 6.97 seconds
Bench: 15 reps of 225 pounds
The athletic 6'2", 215 pounder will try to impress as a special teamer.
The trade now looks official.
While this deal is fun to talk about, keep in perspective that both players face an uphill climb to make their respective teams.