Niang emerged on the radar of NFL scouts in 2018, when he started all 13 games a right tackle for the Horned Frogs and earned second-team All-Big 12 honors. He did not allow a sack in 28 total games as a starter for TCU.
A hip injury, which required surgery, ended Niang’s 2019 campaign early. And that’s where the questions and concerns will lie with him, since teams can’t fully vet him medically right now.
Niang is big (6-foot-6, 315 pounds), but he’s agile, has a strong football IQ and NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein has cited his proficiency as a run blocker both straight ahead (power) and in space. His pass protection is solid, with high marks for his awareness, hand usage and recovery ability.
Niang profiles best as an NFL right tackle and he should be able to start immediately, health-permitting. But that works just fine for the Bears, assuming he is ready to go by Week 1, since Bobby Massie is begging to be supplanted at right tackle and he also missed six games last year.