The Bears bolstered their offensive line in the fifth round of the NFL Draft Saturday, selecting Missouri's Larry Borom with the 151st overall pick.
The 6-5, 332-pounder appeared in 33 games with 19 starts the past three seasons for the Tigers. He started all eight games he played in 2020 at right tackle after opening 11 contests in 2019—eight at right tackle, two at left guard and one at left tackle.
"As a player, I'm a mean, physical, dominant big person that's going to displace people off the line of scrimmage," Borom said in a Zoom call with the Chicago media. "I play with that demeanor and that chip on my shoulder that I've had since I was younger, and I'm never going to lose that."
During the pre-draft process, Borom enjoyed speaking with Bears veteran offensive line coach Juan Castillo on a video call.
"It was great," Borom said. "I connected with the O-line coach immediately. It was a really good meeting … just getting to pick his brain a little bit. He's a guru. He knows his stuff. He's been coaching a lot of great players and he knows exactly what he's talking about."
Borom is eager to begin working with Castillo, a long-time NFL assistant.
"The only direction he's going to take me is up," Borom said. "He's one of the best in the game. We had our Zoom meeting and he's an up-tempo guy and he brings the juice and the energy. I honestly fell in love with it at the meeting. That's what I like. That's what I want to bring to the room as well."
“As a player, I’m a mean, physical, dominant big person that’s going to displace people off the line of scrimmage.” Bears fifth-round pick Larry Borom
Borom told reporters that he prepared for the draft along with Bears first-round pick Justin Fields, among several other prospects, at Proactive Sports Performance in California.
"He's a hard worker," Borom said of the promising young quarterback from Ohio State. "He's going to do extra. He's not the guy that is going to be trying to rush out of the room. He's going to do a lot more than everyone else.
"As a person, he's a real friendly, goofy guy. He's caring, he's helpful; he's looking to help people any chance he can."
The Bears chose Borom with a pick they acquired from the Carolina Panthers as part of the trade that enabled them to move up to select Oklahoma State tackle Teven Jenkins at No. 39 in the second round. The Bears obtained the two choices in exchange for picks in Rounds 2 (No. 52), 3 (No. 83) and 6 (No. 204).
Borom is the fourth offensive lineman the Bears have drafted in their last five picks dating back to last year. They chose Jenkins in the second round this year after taking Arlington Hambright and Lachavious Simmons with back-to-back seventh-round selections last year.
With the 151st overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Bears select Missouri OL Larry Borom.