The Bears chose to double-dip along the offensive line in the 2021 NFL Draft, selecting Missouri offensive lineman Larry Borom with the No. 151 overall pick.
A two-year starter for the Tigers with experience at both tackle and guard spots, Borom is a mauler of a blocker who plays with a mean streak and a willingness to pummel defenders into the dirt. He is a high-quality run blocker who has shown some promise blocking on the move in an outside-zone blocking scheme.
Though fairly raw — his pad level needs work, and there are concerns surrounding his conditioning — Borom projects as a high-end backup option early in his career who can potentially develop into a starter over time. He gives the Bears a versatile and mean blocker who likely projects best as a guard at the next level.
I took to Twitter to break him down after Chicago took him in the fifth round:
THREAD: The #Bears added some really nice versatility for their offensive line in Mizzou’s Larry Borom in Round 5.— Jacob Infante (@jacobinfante24) May 1, 2021
The thing that stands out most about Borom is his size and power. He’s 6-foot-5 and 322 pounds with a thick frame and a mean streak.— Jacob Infante (@jacobinfante24) May 1, 2021
When he gets his 10.4-inch hands inside your frame, it’s game over. #Bears pic.twitter.com/ETj2RyYLNV
Borom is one of the best run-blocking linemen still on the board. His size and quickness to the second level — he ran a 5.15 40-yard dash — makes him a threat in a zone scheme like the one the #Bears run. pic.twitter.com/4cQVhY2d0f— Jacob Infante (@jacobinfante24) May 1, 2021
Another selling point on Borom is his versatility. He had starting experience at both tackle AND guard spots for Mizzou, which should help him with playing time for the #Bears. He played mostly tackle but should line inside to guard. pic.twitter.com/66IQUhKK51— Jacob Infante (@jacobinfante24) May 1, 2021
For a bigger guy, Borom is also a pretty coordinated athlete. He has decent speed out of his stance and does a good job of rolling his hips through contact as a run blocker. #Bears pic.twitter.com/Flx3gbL5js— Jacob Infante (@jacobinfante24) May 1, 2021
You could make the argument for a WR or DB instead, but Larry Borom gives the #Bears a high-end depth option along the offensive line with potential to start inside over time.— Jacob Infante (@jacobinfante24) May 1, 2021
I’m a big fan of double-dipping at OL and like the addition of Borom to the team.
Learn even more about Larry Borom from our WCG Podcast channel as Robert Schmitz grabs WCG Lead Draft Analyst Jacob Infante to talk about the pick on his Bear With Me podcast.