Top 5 realistic wide receiver options for Chicago Bears in 2022 NFL Draft

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George Pickens is a realistic 2022 draft target for the Chicago Bears

As the draft inches closer, a guy you’ll see mocked to the Bears often is Georgia wide receiver, George Pickens. The past two Bulldog wide receivers the Bears have drafted didn’t exactly work out — Javon Wims and Riley Ridley — but Pickens is a different breed.

Even though he missed almost all of last season and still has yet to have a real, number one type of year at Georgia, Pickens is being projected to go in the second round. At pick no. 39, it wouldn’t be surprising at all to see the Bears select him.

Like Pierce, Pickens stands 6-foot-3 but is a bit lighter at 195 pounds. He’s got 4.47 speed, which is more than good enough, but what he does best is make the difficult catches. His hands are soft, and he has a huge catch radius. His focus is typically based on how he can get in the end zone with each and every reception, and that’s a guy you want on your team.

Pickens works hard in his route running and makes quick cuts. He’s fantastic at catching in a crowd, so when Fields takes those risks, he’d be able to count on Pickens to make a play. Even though he wasn’t able to break out last season, Pickens battled back to play in a couple of games and showed tremendous resilience. He’s well worth taking in the second round.