Could Chicago Bears select this local prospect in 2022 NFL draft?

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Should Chicago Bears draft Kerby Joseph

Our NFL Comparison for Kerby Joseph is Tre Boston. Boston went 128th overall, and while Kerby Joseph may go higher, it may not be much higher. According to Grinding the Mocks, he goes right outside the top 100 in the 110 range. The Chicago Bears pick 71st, and 147th, so Joseph is probably in play somewhere in that range.

Considering the Bears can move up and down the draft, and they may have a different grade on Joseph, it would be worth wondering if pick 71 is fair for the Illinois product.

The reality is that they would be smart to bring him in and see how comfortable he would be working in the box. Joseph played well in the box but has no experience. Still, even from his single high role, he was a good tackler.

Eddie Jackson can mask some of his deficiencies in coverage while Joseph can mask some of his tackling issues.

Still, while the fit could work, it takes some imaginative scheme, and he is not the perfect compliment to Eddie Jackson.

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Beyond that, the question becomes whether Joseph is their best player, because they probably have needs elsewhere, and could get by with waiting even later for safety depth.

It makes sense for the Chicago Bears to bring in the local product but they may not be drafting Kerby Joseph.