A 2022 Chicago Bears mock draft with trades to assist free agency

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Chicago Bears, Kellen Diesch
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A lot of fans have been highly concerned about the Bears’ offensive line, and rightfully so. But, they made a very important signing in former Green Bay Packers interior lineman Lucas Patrick. All signs point to Patrick playing center for the Bears this coming season, and Cody Whitehair is still around, which means he’ll probably stick as a guard.

The Bears have Teven Jenkins and Larry Borom at tackle, but it may only be Jenkins who starts in 2022. Now, some have questioned whether Jenkins is better suited at guard, and that may be true. Regardless, though, the Bears are going to need another tackle — at least one more.

With their fourth pick in the top-100, the Bears go offensive tackle with Arizona State’s Kellen Diesch.

What Diesch brings to the table is exactly what this organization is desiring, and that’s athleticism. At 6-foot-7, Diesch is a towering specimen. But, he did run a 4.89 in his 40-yard dash and offers some quick footwork at the tackle position.

He’s mocked all over the place, but the third round feels like a great spot to get him. While Diesch could afford to put on a little more weight, he is a smart player and comes with the intangibles. He’s got a nice first punch off the line and can get to the second level in a hurry. This would be a phenomenal pick in the late third for the Bears.