The Bears traded up in the NFL Draft for the second straight night Friday, moving up 13 spots to select Oklahoma State tackle Teven Jenkins with the 39th overall pick in the second round.
The Bears acquired the choice along with a fifth-rounder (No. 151) from the Carolina Panthers in exchange for selections in the second round (No. 52), third round (No. 83) and sixth round (No. 204).
Jenkins was a prospect that many draft analysts expected to be chosen in the first round. In fact, he was projected to be picked by the Bears at No. 20 in 11 of the 36 mock drafts we canvassed on ChicagoBears.com—more than any other player.
Jenkins was a four-year contributor and three-year starter at Oklahoma State. Last season the 6-6, 320-pounder opened six games at right tackle and one contest at left tackle before opting out for the rest of the season.
Jenkins started 10 games at right tackle and three at left tackle as a sophomore in 2018 before opening nine contests at right tackle and three at left tackle as a junior in 2019. Further showing his versatility, he also started two games at right guard as a freshman in 2017.
At Oklahoma State, Jenkins teamed with Bears 2020 seventh-round offensive lineman Arlington Hambright in 2017-18.
During a conference call with the media leading up to the draft, ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr. predicted that Jenkins would be selected in the 19-24 range in the first round.
"He's got that aggressiveness to blow you off the ball in the run game," Kiper said at the time. "He did a great job against some highly-skilled pass rushers at that right tackle spot. He could also maybe be a left tackle."
The Bears chose Jenkins one night after they had boldly traded up nine spots in the first round Friday night to select Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields with the No. 11 overall pick.
The Bears dealt draft choices in the first round (No. 20) and fifth round (No. 164) this year and the first and fourth round next year to the New York Giants in exchange for the 11th pick to land Fields.
With the 39th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Bears select Oklahoma State OL Teven Jenkins.