2020 NFL Draft Analysis: Bears select Lachavious Simmons, Tennessee State OT

2020 NFL Draft Analysis: Bears select Lachavious Simmons, Tennessee State OT

Playing at the FCS level, Lachavious Simmons was a key player for four years at Tennessee State. He moved all over the offensive line, appearing to play every position except center.

Overlooked in the pre-draft process, Simmons participated in the College Gridiron Showcase and the Hula Bowl, where he was coached by Rex Ryan.

The Bears drafted him with the No. 227 selection, one pick after drafting Colorado offensive lineman Arlington Hambright.

Strengths: Good size at 6-foot-5, 315 pounds. Mauler in the run game with long arms. Finishes his blocks, often taking opposing players all the way to the ground. Versatile with experience at both guard and tackle on both sides of the line. Simmons claims to play with a mean streak, and the limited tape I’ve seen shows that.

Weaknesses: Appears to be more of a run blocker than a pass protector. Will be making a big jump in competition. Likely needs time to develop on the practice squad.

Ryan Pace's take: "Right away, his size and length jumps out. He's got 35-plus-inch arms. These are the type of guys that our offensive line coach Juan Castillo loves to work with, just for that body type. His work ethic, there's just a lot of upside with him. We feel with Simmons, he could play tackle, he could play guard. Just the passion and energy he plays with jumps out."

Quote: "I’m a bloody your nose type of guy on the field."

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10 Chicago Bears who were 'one-season wonders'

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10 Chicago Bears who were 'one-season wonders'


In a sports sense, what defines a “one-season wonder?”

Is it, statistically speaking, one great season followed by several mediocre ones? Or simply one solitary out-of-this-world game? Is it a fantastic rookie season followed by a never-ending sophomore slump? It could be all of those.

But “one-season wonder” may not be the pejorative term you may be thinking. It could be, literally, the one season an athlete had playing for a team—which was bookended by either a trade of a free agency pickup/release. Or, perhaps, it could be the one astronomical season in a well-defined, well-landmarked career.

For our purposes, it’s all of the above.

We’re taking a look at the top-10 Chicago Bears who had one shining (season-long) moment.

Allen Robinson fires back at LaDainian Tomlinson over consistency comments

Allen Robinson fires back at LaDainian Tomlinson over consistency comments

So, apparently the NFL Network employs former running back LaDainian Tomlinson now. And apparently LaDainian Tomlinson was asked about the Bears. And apparently LaDainian Tomlinson thinks that, for some reason, the team's wide receiver group is the biggest question mark? And that Allen Robinson – the same Allen Robinson who had at least 5 catches in 14 of the Bears' 16 games last season – needs to be more consistent? 

Anyway, I'll let you guess what Allen Robinson thinks about all this:

Couldn't have put it better myself. LT: Football Reference exists! You can look at it for free!