What I would do as the Chicago Bears GM in the 2022 NFL Draft

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Here is a look at how I would handle Day 3 for the Chicago Bears

With the 125th overall selection, I need competition at tackle. A few are available. Did you think I would let Justin Fields run for his life? Matt Waletzko from North Dakota is my selection. This kid is massive. If Larry Borom or Tevin Jenkins get hurt or can’t cut it at tackle, Waletzko has the build that I would want to protect Fields from edge defenders.

Jack Sanborn from Wisconsin is my following selection at 134. Sanborn is the other half of Leo Chanel. While Chanel was blitzing and getting the tackles for loss, Sanborn did the additional work.

I had one trade offer for the 148th overall selection, but there was no advantage to trading down. The Chicago Bears need a 3-technique, and a dominant one isn’t easy to find. This next player might not be that guy, but he played like one out of position in college. The Chicago Bears and I will select Eyioma Uwarurike from Iowa State.

Uwarurike was a defensive end in college at 6’5″ and 315 pounds. This kid has the explosive ability to push the pocket as a 3-tech. He might have more weight on him, but so does Akiem Hicks. Uwarurike could become the new Bear in Chicago Bears.

Speaking of out-of-position college players that could find a role on this team, Nephi Sewell from Utah was used as a defensive lineman 97 times in 2021, according to PFF. That is too much, considering he had a 72+ grade in coverage and run defense. I don’t know what Utah was doing, but I’ll add him to see if he can battle with Sanborn for a position on the team.

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With the last pick for the Chicago Bears, I will add one more tight end to the tight end room. The winner gets to stay on the team. Derrick Deese Jr from San Jose State is the guy. The 6’4″ 235-pound guy can block, and he was productive against his level of competition. Let’s see if he can bring that heat to the next level. What did you think? Am I fired, or are you willing to see what I do in the regular season?