Just one pick after selecting Colorado offensive lineman Arlington Hambright, the Bears drafted Middle Tennessee State offensive lineman Lachavious Simmons with the No. 227 overall pick in the 2020 NFL draft.
A four-year starter for Middle Tennessee State, Simmons has experience starting at every offensive line position except center. The 6-foot-5, 290-pound blocker was an imposing figure when going against competition from the Ohio Valley Conference, as his overwhelming strength and nasty edge made him a nightmare for the opposition, especially as a run blocker.
The Bears needed some depth along their offensive line, and Simmons gives them a versatile and hard-nosed blocker who should bring some toughness up front.
For more on Chicago’s final pick of the 2020 draft, check out my thread on Simmons:
THREAD: The #Bears drafted Middle Tennessee State OL Lachavious Simmons with their No. 227 pick, and he is a nasty and versatile player.— Jacob Infante (@jacobinfante24) April 25, 2020
Simmons has fantastic grip strength and has the raw power in his upper body. He has the pure strength necessary to pancake defenders and seal off running lanes for his teammates. pic.twitter.com/oLwcFRWT7k— Jacob Infante (@jacobinfante24) April 25, 2020
Simmons blocks with a high motor and plays with a nasty edge as a run blocker. You want to see a small-school prospect dominate the competition, and he did exactly that. pic.twitter.com/jmaX6uigVu— Jacob Infante (@jacobinfante24) April 25, 2020
I really like what I‘ve seen from Simmons. He’s a hard-nosed blocker who may require a redshirt year or two before he can make an impact, but he’s a nasty and versatile blocker who should be a solid depth piece for the #Bears if all goes well. pic.twitter.com/ul6Gebvvae— Jacob Infante (@jacobinfante24) April 25, 2020
What do you think of the selection of Simmons? Let me know in the comments, or tell me in the replies of my thread listed above.
For more on the Bears two seventh round offensive linemen, check out Robert Schmitz’s Bear With Me Podcast where he’s joined by our Lead Draft Analyst Jacob Infante.