Bears find 1st-round value with 2nd-round tackle Teven Jenkins

The Bears had Jenkins in consideration with their original No. 20 pick. They got him at No. 39.
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(670 The Score) There's an edge to new Bears offensive tackle Teven Jenkins, whom Chicago selected in the second round of the NFL Draft on Friday evening after a trade up to the No. 39 pick.

"My edge to me is about being able to finish anybody in the dirt," Jenkins said. "I don't care who you are lining up against me, I don't care what you earn against me, I don't care who you are, I'm going to attack you."

That determination is what made Jenkins an all-Big 12 tackle at Oklahoma State and ultimately a second-round selection. It's part of why Bears general manager Ryan Pace was drawn to him. Now, there's more to his edge as he moves into the NFL.

"I feel like personally I'm a first-round talent," Jenkins said. "Regardless of where I went, I'm not mad about it. I'm not going to lose any sleep about it.

"I'm going to be pushing myself to the max because I want to show everybody I was a Day 1 talent."

The Bears were also surprised Jenkins wasn't selected Thursday. They had first-round grades on Jenkins, a three-year starter at Oklahoma State, and included him in their list of options for their original No. 20 overall pick before they traded up to No. 11 to select Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields.

Pace and his brass entered Friday with a plan to deal up and select Jenkins. The Bears found a trade partner in the Panthers, sending their second-rounder (No. 52), third-rounder and a sixth-round pick to Carolina in exchange for the No. 39 slot and a fifth-round selection.

"We felt fortunate to be able to get up and get him," Pace said. "Best player on our board, a premier position.

"We get a talented player. It hits an important position for us, a valued position for us."

The Bears haven't committed to a role for Jenkins, who Pace said could play either left or right tackle. That opens the door for him to come in and compete with incumbent starters Charles Leno Jr. and Germain Ifedi.

Regardless of which tackle position he plays, Jenkins is just happy to have a team that believes he was worthy of a first-round pick. Late Thursday, he found a way to channel his feelings on being passed up.

"I'm going to be able to make sure everybody rues that day they didn't pick me," Jenkins said.

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for 670TheScore.com. Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.