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Bears NFL Draft Picks Recap 2022

Posted: May 4, 2022Last updated: Jun 14, 2022

Fans of the Chicago Bears went from optimistic to pessimistic quickly last season. While it looked like they had their quarterback of the future in Justin Fields, the fans quickly turned when he didn’t begin the season as the starter.

Once he was thrust into action, fans quickly saw his lack of protection up front was the exact reason why he didn’t start immediately, but the vibe surrounding the Bears was too negative to change.

Now, heading into the 2022 NFL season, the Chicago Bears are in a rebuild. Ryan Pace is out at general manager and Matt Eberflus is the new head coach. The team let key free agents walk, and they even traded away edge rusher Khalil Mack.

Bears fans will have to be patient and trust the process this season.

Bears NFL Draft Picks 2022

  • Round 2, Pick 7 (7th Overall): Kyler Gordon, CB, Washington
  • Round 2, Pick 16 (16th Overall): Jaquan Brisker, S, Penn State
  • Round 3, Pick 7 (71st Overall): Velus Jones, WR, Tennessee
  • Round 5,  Pick 25 (168th Overall): Braxton Jones, OT, Southern Utah State
  • Round 5, Pick 31 (174th Overall): Dominique Robinson, EDGE, Miami (Ohio)
  • Round 6, Pick 7 (186th Overall): Zach Thomas, G, San Diego State
  • Round 6, Pick 25 (203rd Overall): Trestan Ebner, RB, Baylor
  • Round 6, Pick 29 (207th Overall): Doug Kramer, C, Illinois
  • Round 7, Pick 5 (226th Overall): Ja’Tyre Carter, G, Southern University
  • Round 7, Pick 33 (254th Overall): Elijah Hicks, DB, California
  • Round 7, Pick 34 (255th Overall): Trenton Gill, P, NC State

The Chicago Bears started with six picks and kept trading back until they had 11 total selections. They drafted a handful of tackles and also used a draft pick on a punter.

I don’t really love what they’ve done with this draft class and they really didn’t do any favors as far as weapons go, for second-year quarterback Justin Fields.

After losing a star wide receiver in Allen Robinson, I thought for sure the Bears would grab a wideout with an early pick. Instead, they waited until the third round to select Velus Jones, who is the oldest wide receiver in the class. He’s explosive and had the second-fastest 40 time of all the rookie wideouts, but I was not a fan of this pick at all.

The best part of this draft for the Bears was probably taking two cornerbacks with their first two picks. Both Kyler Gordon and Jaquan Brisker were potential first-round picks and they grabbed them both in the second. This was definitely the bright spot of an otherwise disappointing draft class.


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Note: The Bears NFL Draft predictions below were published before the 2022 NFL Draft.

Pre-Draft Bears NFL Mock Draft Predictions 2022

  • Round 2, Pick 7 (39th Overall): Daxton Hill, CB/S, Michigan
  • Round 2, Pick 16 (48th Overall): Jahan Dotson, WR, Penn State
  • Round 3, Pick 7 (71st Overall): Calvin Austin III, WR, Memphis

More Possible Bears Draft Targets: George Pickens, WR, Georgia, Wan’Dale Robinson, WR, Kentucky, Skyy Moore, WR, Western Michigan, Kenyon Green, G, Texas A&M, Bernhard Raimann, OT, Central Michigan, DeMarvin Leal, DT, Texas A&M, Kaiir Elam, CB, Florida, Jayln Armour-Davis, CB, Alabama, Kyler Gordon, CB, Washington

Pre-Draft Bears Team Needs 2022

1. Wide Receiver

To help with the progression of Justin Fields, the Bears need to get him some help. Darnell Mooney has proven to be a nice young receiver, but this depth chart doesn’t offer much else, especially with Allen Robinson gone.

Given their positioning in the draft, an early second-round pick on a wide receiver seems very possible.

2. Offensive Line

Fields didn’t begin last season as the starter because of how poor this offensive line is. Chicago cannot make this another Joe Burrow or Andrew Luck situation. They must get bodies in here to protect the young quarterback they gave up so much to get.

Second-year offensive tackle Tevin Jenkins is a great player, though Chicago is playing him out of position, in my humble opinion. They would be wise to bring in some talent at left tackle, whether that be via free agency or an early draft pick.

3. Cornerback

It’s clear that cornerback was the Bears’ biggest defensive weakness last season. With Packers QB Aaron Rodgers deciding to stay in the division, it would be wise to address this secondary.

We won’t even waste time listing the cornerbacks currently on the roster because there’s nothing there. They need bodies.

Bears May Also Consider Drafting: EDGE, Defensive Line, Linebacker

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Zach Brunner

Zach Brunner has worked in the fantasy sports and sports betting industries for almost a decade now. He is the owner of FlurrySports and has experience working with FantasyPros, Awesemo, BetWay and other sites. Living in Wisconsin, when Zach isn't drinking beer or shoveling snow, he loves all things Wisconsin sports and UFC.

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