This 2022 NFL draft prospect could improve Chicago Bears OL immediately

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Does Zion Johnson fit with Chicago Bears?

Early mock drafts had Zion Johnson going in the late second round. His Senior Bowl put him into the top 40 consideration, and now that he had just as impressive of a combine week, the odds of him dropping to 39 are now approaching slim to none.

Still, as noted, this is a guard without an All-Pro ceiling upside. A sound player, but to some fans, and owners, a boring player, and a player that can be found at other times. The first round is often about the swing for the fences and we know that quarterbacks will get pushed up, even if we hear they will fall.

With that in mind, the Chicago Bears should enter draft weekend saying that 39 is the floor for Zion Johnson. Johnson has exclusively played on the left side, which is where Cody Whitehair is. Still, Whitehair is getting older and has moved around. Beyond that, Johnson gained a lot of publicity at the Senior Bowl when he spent the week as a center and even spent time after practice working out as a center.

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A starting center at pick 39 would be a dream right now, so Chicago Bears fans should have their eyes glazed on when Zion Johnson gets taken in the 2022 NFL draft.