The Chicago Bears load up on offense in 2022 NFL Mock Draft
By Joseph Herff
With free agency well underway, Ryan Poles is sticking to his word. He showed his hand in his introductory press conference when he said he wanted to “build through the draft”. This is now quite evident given the fact that the Bears have not done much this free agency with splash deals. They have essentially just added multiple players that can be starters without overpaying.
Because of this, that gives me the idea that Poles wants to trade back and gather more picks in the draft. He can then draft plenty of players that can be instant impacts and set the foundation for the Chicago Bears alongside players like Justin Fields, Darnell Mooney, and Roquan Smith.
This draft was conducted on NFL Mock Draft Database. I made one trade in this draft and that trade was acquiring picks 64, 96, and 145 from the Denver Broncos in exchange for pick 48.
Chicago Bears Round 2, Pick No. 39
The Bears have added Byron Pringle into the wide receiver core alongside Darnell Mooney, but they are drastically missing an alpha ‘X’ wide receiver following the departure of Allen Robinson. George Pickens would be an ideal replacement to fill this role and develop into a stud wide receiver.
Pickens took the world by storm as a freshman making an immediate impact. He caught 49 passes for 727 yards and eight touchdowns. Unfortunately, following that season, Pickens was stuck with massive quarterback problems. His stats never popped out, but his ability on the field always did.
The main concern with Pickens is he is a bit of a project. He needs a lot of cleaning up to be the stud he can become. On the bright side, his traits are rare to find. He has size and speed along with the incredible ability to track deep passes and come down with them as well. On top of that, his catch radius is eye-opening.
Pickens won’t be the immediate impact that Allen Robinson was, but he has the potential to be better than Robinson was. With Pickens, Mooney, and Pringle, this core would be very solid and would allow Fields to get comfortable with all of them for the long-term as they are all younger. Giving Fields consistency will be the most important for his development.