Bears stock OL pipeline with Oregon C Hroniss Grasu in Round 3


Bears stock OL pipeline with Oregon C Hroniss Grasu in Round 3

General manager Ryan Pace and the Bears have a variety of measures used in evaluating players and different ways of trying to quantify some of the skills and potential.

They also have a very “qualitative” standard, one that not many players earn but that Oregon center Hronis Grasu had on his computer-screen overview.

“There’s certain guys on our board that we’ll check a ‘Bears’ box, a little ‘Bear’ that’ll pop up,” Pace said, smiling. “To us, that’s a guy who has every trait we’re looking for. His makeup is outstanding. Grasu is one of those guys.

“And [Grasu Oregon teammate] Kyle Long just confirmed all those things when we talked to him.”

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The Bears saw the end of the Chicago career of Roberto Garza this offseason and brought in his replacement in the form of Will Montgomery, the center for the Denver Broncos under coach John Fox and coordinator Adam Gase.

They went another step toward securing the middle of the offensive line on Friday, selecting Grasu with their third-round pick, the 71st overall. They got a case of can-do attitude if nothing else.

“I’ll jump up and down on one leg on the sideline if that’s what they ask me to do,” Grasu said.

Grasu, 6-3, 297 pounds, played alongside Bears Pro Bowl guard Long at Oregon in 2012. Long was the Bears’ first-round pick in the 2013 draft. “The guy's just a freak; he's a monster,” Grasu said. “He was always the guy that was sacrificing his entire body for his team. He's the guy that comes in and always go all out. I just wanted to learn as much as I can from him.”

Grasu also played against new Bears defensive tackle Eddie Goldman when Oregon blew out Florida State in the 2015 Rose Bowl. "Going into that game, I knew it was going to be a huge challenge,” he said. “I thought both of us had a really good game."

(Considering that Oregon had 301 rushing yards, 639 total and 52 points, Goldman’s take on the game might have been slightly different.)

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This marks the first time since 2008 (Chris Williams, Matt Forte, Earl Bennett) that the Bears selected as many as two offensive players within the first three picks of a draft.

Grasu was one of six finalists in both 2013 and 2014 for the Rimington Trophy given to the nation’s top college center.

“He has to make a lot of identifications,” Pace said. “He’s a highly intelligent player. Those things jump out to me. His athleticism really jumps out guys. Just his quickness and his balance. The things you look for in a center, I mean, lateral quickness is important for a center. The ability to reach a nose tackle.

“He’s got all those traits. So physically he is everything we’re looking for. And then mentally, the intelligence factor in a center is huge. And he definitely has that.”


One Chicago restaurant is using Mitch Trubisky to help explain social distancing


One Chicago restaurant is using Mitch Trubisky to help explain social distancing

Every once in a while, a moment comes along that so perfectly captures the essence of a city – its energy, its ethos. These brief moments make up the identity of the city. They're the driving heartbeat that connects a vast network of wonderfully unique cultures while simultaneously creating an ongoing sense of community. 

Anyway, here's Chicago's moment:

It's an incredible commitment to one of the city's longest-running bits. Hell hath no fury like a beleaguered Bears fan. Just imagine what sort of Nick Foles jokes are waiting for us down the road! 

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Bears announce they’ll commit close to $2 million to COVID-19 relief efforts

Bears announce they’ll commit close to $2 million to COVID-19 relief efforts

On Thursday afternoon, the Bears announced that the team has committed almost $2 million to COVID-19 relief funds in the Chicago area. 

In an email, the team announced that through Bears Care – the charitable arm of the organization – they'll donate $1,920,000 to various funds throughout the state of Illinois. As part of the commitment, the team has already donated $250,000 to the Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund, and identical donations will be made in the near future to the Advocate Charitable Foundation's Relief Fund, the Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund, and University of Chicago's Community Support Programs.

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CEO Ted Phillips said, in a statement, “During this unprecedented crisis, we all need to join forces and do what we can to overcome this challenge together. At the Bears, we have committed $1,920,000 to local COVID-19 relief efforts and are encouraging fans to lend a helping hand in whatever ways possible. We will be forever grateful to the healthcare providers, first responders, grocers, sanitation workers, janitors and everyone keeping our communities healthy and safe during this time. Please continue to do your part and stay home so we can slow down the virus and save lives.”