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Bears land a top playmaking receiver in new 7-round NFL mock draft

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While it took Reuter long enough to address the offensive line, he made up for it in drafting back-to-back offensive lineman. With Chicago’s final pick at 186th overall, he has them selecting Virginia Tech guard Lecitus Smith.

Here’s what Zierlein had to say about Smith:

An athletic, three-year starter at guard with a decent frame, Smith lacks the desired measurables for the position. He is capable of working as a move blocker and out in space. However, he really struggles with hand placement and staying under control at the point of attack and on work-up blocks. His lack of consistency as a run blocker is balanced by surprising technique and success in pass protection. Some of Smith’s issues are correctable through coaching and discipline, but he might not rise above the level of average backup with the ability to step in and start from time to time.

Speaking to the previous concerns about the offensive line, Smith projects to be a developmental prospect at guard for the Bears. Considering injuries were a concern for Chicago last offseason, Smith could provide valuable depth on the interior.

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