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Chicago Bears mock draft: 2022 NFL Draft projections and analysis

Vincent Frank

New Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Poles has a lot of work in front of him if he wants to present first-year head coach Matt Eberflus with anything that resembles a competitive roster.

Unfortunately for Chicago, it does not have a first-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft after trading it away for a move up to acquire quarterback Justin Field in last year’s draft.

Chicago does have two second-round selections after trading All-Pro Khalil Mack to the Los Angeles Chargers. Before we get into our full seven-round Chicago Bears mock draft, let’s check in all of the picks they have coming up in the annual event.

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2022 Chicago Bears draft picks

  • 2nd round, 39th and 48th overall
  • 3rd round, 71st overall
  • 5th round, 147th and 149th overall
  • 6th round, 184th overall

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In order for second-year quarterback Justin Fields to have success, he’s going to need more weapons on offense. Chicago’s new brass also talked about the struggles from its offensive line a season ago.

Either way, Poles needs to hit big time with the Bears’ three Day 2 picks given that they are without a first-round selection. Fortunately, going best player available will likely be in the cards here. That opens Poles up to flexibility in his first draft as the Bears’ general manager.

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2nd round, 39th overall: George Pickens, wide receiver Georgia

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Chicago added Byron Pringle to the mix in free agency. He should help the likes of Darnell Mooney and youngster Dazz Newsome. In no way does this mean there isn’t a major hole at wide receiver for Mr. Fields after Allen Robinson departed for the Los Angeles Rams.

At 6-foot-3, Pickens is just the type of target Fields needs in order to take that next step as a sophomore. We’re talking abut a dude who can create instant windows for the quarterback to throw through out of his initial break. Pickens also boasts plus-level hands and route-running ability, as evidenced by the 85 receptions and 14 touchdowns he put up in 2019 and 2020. There’s an injury concern here. But getting first-round talent in Day 2 would represent value at a position of need for Chicago.

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2nd round, 48th overall: Daniel Faalele, offensive tackle, Minnesota

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Bears quarterbacks were sacked a whopping 58 times a season ago. Regardless of who is under center, that’s just not sustainable.

The 6-foot-8, 380-pound Faalele translates better to the right side of the line given his frame and build. The former rugby playeris as physically imposing as they come and is already a plus-level run blocker. While it might take some time, he certainly looks the part of a starting right tackle in the NFL.

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3rd round, 71st overall: Nik Bonitto, EDGE, Oklahoma

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Chicago’s decision to trade Khalil Mack creates an obvious hole at the edge pass rush position behind Leonard Floyd. Trevis Gipson and veteran journeyman Jeremiah Attaochu can’t be seen as the long-term solutions.

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Enter into the equation one of the most-productive edge rushers of the 2022 class. Bonitto (6-foot-3, 248 poinds) displayed flashes of brilliance in Norman. He recorded 26.5 tackles for loss and 16 sacks in his final two seasons with Oklahoma. We’re talking about an elite athlete with pass-rush moves and actual coverage ability to play multiple positions in defensive coordinator Alan Williams’ scheme.

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Rounding out the Chicago Bears mock draft

  • 5th round, 147th overall: Lecitus Smith, guard, Virginia
  • 5th round, 149th overall: Jaylen Watson, cornerback, Washington State
  • 6th round, 184th overall: Jalen Nailor, wide receiver, Michigan State

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