NFL Draft 2022: Chicago Bears Draft Analysis From The College Perspective

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NFL Draft 2022: Chicago Bears Draft Analysis From The College Perspective

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NFL Draft 2022: Chicago Bears Draft Analysis From The College Perspective

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2022 NFL Draft: From the college perspective, Chicago Bears draft analysis, needs, picks, best value selection, and biggest reach


NFL Draft 2022: Chicago Bears Draft Analysis

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2022 NFL Draft Analysis
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Chicago Bears Draft Picks: NFL Draft 2022

2 (39) CB Kyler Gordon, Washington
2 (48) S Jaquan Brisker, Michigan
3 (71) WR Velus Jones, Tennessee
5 (168) OT Braxton Jones, Southern Utah
5 (174) LB Dominique Robinson, Miami University
6 (186) OT Zachary Thomas, San Diego State
6 (203) RB Trestan Ebner, Baylor
7 (226) OG J’Atyre Carter, Southern
7 (254) S Elijah Hicks, Cal
7 (255) P Trenton Gill, NC State

Chicago Bears Draft Analysis: NFL Draft 2022

– The Bears drafted lots of guys, but … is there a difference-maker? That’s hard to find when the first pick is at the 39, and that’s why the new front office did this right.

They needed a starter in the secondary, and they took two good defensive backs in CB Kyler Gordon – they got him on the cheap – and S Jaquan Brisker in the second round.

They needed a wide receiver. Velus Jones is a good yards-after-catch guy – they could’ve used another pick on a pass catcher. If Jones can be just okay and produce, and if one of the two second round defensive backs turns into a player – throw Cal’s Elijah Hicks from the sixth round in there – this draft works.

– To keep hammering this too hard, it’s about strength in numbers here. The Bears had 11 picks and eight of them came after the third round. Historically and by the numbers, the one guy out of that late bunch who might work is P Trenton Gill out of NC State.

You have about a 10% shot at finding a decent three-year starter after the third. Punter is the exception as, traditionally, one of the best possible value picks.

Chicago Bears Best Value Pick, Biggest Reach, Late Flier: 2022 NFL Draft

Best Value Pick: 6 (186) OT Zachary Thomas, San Diego State

Biggest Reach: 3 (71) WR Velus Jones, Tennessee

Late Flier That Might Work: 6 (186) OT Zachary Thomas, San Diego State

Chicago Bears Needs, Pre-Draft Analysis: NFL Draft 2022

– How bad is Chicago at drafting? To be fair, how bad was Chicago under the old regime? There hasn’t been a Pro Bowl selection from any of the last four drafts. Now it’s all about getting as much talent as possible to help out Justin Fields. So …

– Offensive linemen and wide receivers. Chicago needs those two positions, and outside of corner, everything else is a luxury. The problem is Day One. The first pick isn’t until the 39 in the second round, and the 48 and 71 have to be factors for this draft to matter.

– The Bears went for wide receiver and tight end through free agency, but there weren’t any big-time gets at any position. Losing WR Allen Robinson to the Rams hurts …

So who’ll be there with Chicago’s first pick? The idea in the second round will be to hit a few stand up doubles. It’s dumb luck to get a star at the 39 or 48, but the Bears should have Boston College OG Zion Johnson slide to their first spot.

If it’s not the O line, it’s North Dakota State WR Christian Watson or Georgia WR George Pickens who could be the call. The talent isn’t as strong, but wide receiver should be deep around the 71.

Chicago Bears 2021 Draft Picks

2 TE Cole Kmet, Notre Dame
2 CB Jaylon Johnson, Utah
5 LB Trevis Gipson, Tulsa
5 CB Kindle Vildor, Georgia Southern
7 OT Arlington Hambright, Colorado
7 OG Lachavious Simmons, Tennessee State

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