Chicago Bears find a starting-caliber left tackle in this 2022 NFL mock draft

Chicago Bears (Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports)
Chicago Bears (Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports) /
4 of 10
Chicago Bears, Christian Watson
Chicago Bears (Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports) /

When you can’t decide, take both, is the mentality here for the Chicago Bears

When the Chicago Bears landed George Pickens in the second round — even after trading back — you know that Bears fans went crazy. Notice how I didn’t specify fans going crazy happy or crazy angry because as you know, Bears fans might be one of the most split fanbases out there when it comes to offseason moves and draft picks.

For everyone who wanted Christian Watson, someone I actually have ranked higher than Pickens as we sit here in March, they won’t be upset since the Bears went wide receiver with both of their second-round picks.

Pick Analysis. North Dakota State. ChristianWatson. 57. Scouting Report. WR. 48. player

Round 2, Pick 48 – Christian Watson, WR – North Dakota State

One of the wide receivers in this draft class who looks to have great potential is Christian Watson. Watson is currently my WR7 in this draft. He showed serious progress between 2020 and 2021 despite losing Trey Lance as his quarterback. One area that Watson improved on was his drops. Watson had multiple drops in 2020, but he cleaned that up in 2021 with only two.

Watson also projects as an outside receiver in the NFL. He would likely split time with George Pickens if both were drafted by the Chicago Bears. Watson brings top-end speed in a way that Pickens does not. He has game-changing ability as a deep threat. This will match well with Justin Fields who showed his ability to accurately throw the deep ball last season.

Now, this Chicago Bears receiver group looks formidable with Darnell Mooney, Byron Pringle, George Pickens, Christian Watson and Dazz Newsome. That is plenty of youth and talent that can grow and develop with Justin Fields.