Chicago Bears acquire several late picks in this 2022 mock draft

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Chicago Bears, Luke Wattenberg
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At this point in the draft, the Bears are going to be taking some shots. Going back to the offensive line, Chicago adds some depth by drafting Washington center Luke Wattenberg.

After having played at Washington for six years, Wattenberg comes in as a fairly old rookie. Because of that, his draft stock is already lower than usual. But, at 6-foot-5 and 300 pounds, he is also a bit thin to play the position in the NFL.

What he has going for him is functional athleticism. Wattenberg moves well for a center but could afford to add on a good amount of muscle. He lacks the strength needed to hold off the bigger, stronger defensive linemen.

One thing he does well is getting out of his stance, making first contact and establishing his initial block. He takes nice, quick angles off the line of scrimmage and always has his head on a swivel, looking for action.

As a developmental prospect, Wattenberg has a good base to work with. He’s a long-time starter, a good leader, and plays with high effort. If he can add some weight and take a little direction, he should end up as a valuable backup.