After moving up in Round 1 to select Justin Fields, the Bears double-dipped on trade ups by selecting Oklahoma State offensive tackle Teven Jenkins with the No. 39 overall pick.
The Bears were widely considered to be targeting an offensive tackle early in the 2021 NFL Draft, and they took an aggressive approach in securing a player whom many touted as a first-round talent leading into the weekend. Jenkins projects as a Day 1 starter at the right tackle position, where he excelled at the collegiate level.
One of the most powerful offensive linemen in the 2021 draft, Jenkins showcased the grip strength and the raw anchor power needed to dominate Big 12 defenders at the point of attack. He plays with an unparalleled mean streak and looks to drive the opposition into the dirt on every down. Though the price to get him was steep, Chicago did what they had to do to acquire a top talent at a premier position.
I took to Twitter to break down the Bears’ latest draft pick and what he brings to their offensive line.
THREAD: Teven Jenkins is the monster the #Bears desperately need on their offensive line. He’s an absolute steal in Round 2.— Jacob Infante (@jacobinfante24) April 30, 2021
Jenkins is powerful at the point of attack and is incredibly well-proportioned in his upper and lower body.— Jacob Infante (@jacobinfante24) April 30, 2021
He’s so strong in both his hands and anchor that it’s nearly impossible to rush power against him. #Bears pic.twitter.com/mdwrUNpSRh
Jenkins is an efficient down blocker who accelerates well climbing to the second level. He takes precise angles on the move, making him a fantastic fit in a zone-blocking scheme like the one the #Bears run. pic.twitter.com/QVpt0Tkd8H— Jacob Infante (@jacobinfante24) April 30, 2021
Looking for a specific game to watch of Teven Jenkins? Try his game against Texas. He consistently beat Joseph Ossai — who’s no slouch — with raw power and technique. #Bears pic.twitter.com/R0KBGtMSBx— Jacob Infante (@jacobinfante24) April 30, 2021
Jenkins is just a nasty blocker who looks to demolish the opposition every play. He plays to the whistle and takes no prisoners. pic.twitter.com/bwxmk6p1sB— Jacob Infante (@jacobinfante24) April 30, 2021
I am insanely excited about Teven Jenkins being on the #Bears. He was my favorite choice if they stayed put at 20, so this is an absolute steal.— Jacob Infante (@jacobinfante24) April 30, 2021
It’s been far too long since they’ve invested in an offensive tackle, and I’m so happy Jenkins was the guy to break that streak.
You want even more about Teven Jenkins? Then check out Robert Schmitz on his Bear With Me podcast for some instant reaction, and he’s joined by our Draftnik Trifecta of Jacob Infante, EJ Snyder, and Danny Meehan.