Chicago Bears NFL Draft Profile: Boise State OL Charles Leno Jr.

Chicago Bears NFL Draft Profile: Boise State OL Charles Leno Jr.
May 10, 2014, 5:45 pm
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Charles Leno Jr. (OL), Boise State

6'4" | 303 lbs.
 
2013 collegiate honors:
 
All-Mountain West First Team
 
Selection:
 
7th round (246th overall)
 
What scouts are saying:

"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." (Nolan Nawrocki, NFL.com)
 
"Long arms with a wide stance and nimble feet, staying light with his lateral shuffle. Coordinated athlete with good lean, balance and knee bend in his blocks. Nice job squaring his shoulders with proper eye use to track and mirror. Understands body angles with good patience and eye discipline. Shoots his hands and engages well with his length at the point of attack, riding rushers around the perimeter of the pocket. Positive attitude on and off the field. Tough and durable with versatile starting experience at both left and right tackle, starting every game the past three seasons (36 consecutive starts)." (Dane Brugler, CBSSports.com)
 
"A two-star high school recruit, Leno arrived in Boise as a little-known 265-pound tackle/tight end, but he quickly developed into a valuable cog on the Broncos' offensive line. He started at right tackle as a sophomore before taking over Nate Potter at left tackle where he started every game as a junior and senior. He is looking to follow Ryan Clady, Daryn Colledge and Potter as the next Boise State left tackle to kickstart a NFL career. Leno has good athleticism, balance and mobility to move and mirror, lacks ideal lower body power and base to dig his cleats in the ground and the limb strength to control blocks. He isn't the most physical, but he has the trails to survive at the NFL level and projects as a down-the-road pro starter." (CBSSports.com)
 
Fit for Bears:
 
Since Phil Emery took over as general manager two years ago, he's made it a priority to keep franchise quarterback Jay Cutler, who's been sacked 179 times since acquired by the Bears in 2009, protected. Emery bolstered the offensive line last season — drafting Kyle Long with the 20th overall pick and Jordan Mills in the fifth round — but could certainly use depth by adding a versatile, durable lineman to a group that's been plagued with injuries in the past and are known for shuffling the cards on the front line. It's unlikely Leno Jr. would crack the starting lineup, but he's reliable enough to serve as a solid backup for multiple positions considering he will carry over a streak of 36 straight starts playing both left and right tackle.