"Five Key Insights into Bears OL Kiran Amegadjie

Vince Carbonneau
April 27, 2024  (11:11)

Kiran Amegadjie in action at Yale
Photo credit: Yale athletics

General Manager Ryan Poles has made just three picks so far, all aimed at boosting the offensive unit. Kiran Amegadjie is among those picks, with the front office optimistic about his development into a standout offensive tackle.

Here are five things to know about the newest addition to the Bears' offensive line.
1. **He's a True Bears Devotee**
Born and raised in suburban Hinsdale, Amegadjie has been a fervent Bears fan all his life. His passionate following became evident from several of his tweets during the tumultuous 2020 season, a time when the Bears had a roller-coaster performance amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. From starting the season 3-0, making a quarterback switch, to a late-season resurgence, Amegadjie's social media reflected the highs and lows experienced by many Bears supporters. Now, as part of the team, he looks forward to helping turn around the franchise's fortunes.
2. **His Impenetrable Blocking Record**
Since 2021, while playing at Yale, Amegadjie has been a fortress on the line, allowing just one sack and five quarterback hits over three seasons. This record highlights his ability to protect the quarterback, a critical skill that he promises to carry over to the NFL. Despite the presence of seasoned players like Braxton Jones and Darnell Wright, Amegadjie is prepared to make the most of his opportunities on the field.
3. **Exceptional Physical Attributes**
Amegadjie's physical measurements are impressive, with arm length and wingspan among the top at the NFL Combine. His extraordinary reach and athletic abilities make him a formidable blocker, poised to handle professional edge rushers effectively. His attributes suggest he might not spend much time on the sidelines.
4. **Gaining from the Pandemic**
While the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted lives globally, it inadvertently provided Amegadjie with a chance to focus on his development off the field. The cancellation of the 2020 Ivy League season gave him valuable time to train intensively and master his playbook, eventually securing him the starting left tackle position the following season.
5. **A Historic Pick for the Bears**
Amegadjie's selection by the Bears marks the first time in over 60 years that a player from Yale has been drafted by the team. The last Yale player drafted by the Bears who actually played was Mike Pyle in 1961, making Amegadjie's draft not only a personal achievement but also a historic moment for both him and the franchise.
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