A Chicago Bears mock draft that follows recent 2022 NFL Draft rumors

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Chicago Bears, Perrion Winfrey
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IDL. Perrion Winfrey. 71. player. 815. Scouting Report. Oklahoma. Pick Analysis

After grabbing two linemen, the Chicago Bears look to defense in the third

There were many ways to go with this pick at No. 71. With an offensive tackle and guard already on the books, wide receiver, cornerback, interior defensive linemen and cornerback were where I was looking. Kerby Joseph was a name that I thought about and honestly, I’d be completely happy should the Chicago Bears go that route.

Safety and linebacker don’t seem to be an area of need, but unless the Chicago Bears come to terms with Anthony Hitchens, it’s possible they look to add a player like Brian Asamoah here in the third too.

Instead, the team went with what was rumored and drafted a big man rather than a player at a skill position. If we look at Matt Eberflus’ system, we should all know by now that the 3-technique is one of the most important pieces. Perrion Winfrey fits that mold and really nothing else.

Winfrey has an explosive first step that allows him to penetrate into the backfield. It would be interesting to see him in a rotation with Justin Jones who is more of a run defender than a pass rusher. These two, if combined, would make for an ideal 3-technique in the NFL. He would do well in this defense because he wouldn’t be counted on immediately, but could develop into that every-down defensive lineman. Landing him here in the third would be amazing value.

Note: I was this close to choosing Brian Asamoah here, but kept true to the rumors that are out there — building through the trenches and drafting big men up front.