Bears go offensive line with final pick

Charles Leno Jr. (Joe Robbins/Getty)

With their seventh-round selection in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Chicago Bears have selected Boise State offensive tackle Charles Leno Jr.

With their sixth and final pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Chicago Bears selected Boise State offensive tackle Charles Leno Jr.

Leno was a three-year starter for the Broncos. He started one year on the right edge and the last two years at left tackle. He doesn't have ideal size (6-3, 302) for an NFL tackle, which is why many believe he might be better fit along the interior.

Leno was a high school tight end who quickly developed into an offensive lineman. He's durable, finishing his career with 39 consecutive starts.

Leno's arms are 34 3/8 inches, which is extremely long. Here is Leno's scouting report by Nolan Nawrocki:

"Long-armed, soft-bodied college left tackle most ideally suited for a role as a versatile, swing backup in a zone-blocking scheme. Has not learned how to translate his athletic ability and explosion to the field, yet possesses enough length, agility and untapped talent to find a role for a patient offensive line coach. Could warrant interest inside as a guard or center where he has help on each side."


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