Phil Emery made it his top priority last offseason to upgrade an offensive line that may have been the worst in the league during Jay Cutler's tenure in Chicago.
Emery brought in left tackle Jermon Bushrod and left guard Matt Slauson via free agency and drafted right guard Kyle Long and right tackle Jordan Mills. While the line is vastly improved from last season, it still needs some work moving forward.
Little time was wasted trying to re-sign Slauson, as Emery and his staff inked him to a new deal at the conclusion of the season, leaving Roberto Garza as the only starter on the offensive line currently not under contract.
After the season ended, Phil Emery stated, according to Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times, “I’ve let Roberto know that I was proud of his season, and obviously we will work through it, but we would like him back."
While it is still possible that Garza is back, the team could be intrigued by Arkansas' Travis Swanson in the draft.
Many big boards have Swanson as their top-ranked center, although where he will ultimately be picked is up in the air. He uses his hands well and has tremendous football IQ. He will need to work on getting stronger at the point of attack, as he has a tendency to lean on his opponent instead of pushing him back.
Bret Bielema, Swanson's coach at Arkansas, raved about him, telling NFL.com's Chase Goodbread, "I just really am blown away with what he can do, how incredibly physical he is, and how much stamina he holds." He later stated that Swanson will be "no less than a second-round pick."
Considering the fact that most centers are not taken early in the draft, the Bears could find an anchor to the middle of their offensive line as late as the third round.