Jenkins, the 39th overall pick from Oklahoma State, appears ready to slide into the starting left tackle spot for the Bears, and if he maxes out his potential he’ll be there for the next ten years (fingers crossed).
Each of Chicago’s day three selections were locked up on June 2, and first-round pick Justin Fields was inked on June 10, so with the entire draft class now signed the Bears have about $5 million in salary cap space to play with. There are certainly a few extensions that could happen to free up some room, but I wouldn’t expect any big money free agents to be added any time soon regardless.
On paper this entire draft class really seems to fit into their long term plans, which will make those training camp tickets a hot commodity once they’re made available.
As a reminder, here are all of the Bears picks.
First round, Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State
Second round, Teven Jenkins, OT, Oklahoma State
Fifth round, Larry Borom, OL, Missouri (sign
Sixth round, Khalil Herbert, RB, Virginia Tech (signed)
Sixth round, Dazz Newsome, WR, North Carolina (signed)
Sixth round, Thomas Graham, CB, Oregon (signed)
Seventh round, Khyiris Tonga, DL, BYU (signed)