Day 3 sleepers the Chicago Bears can target in the 2022 NFL Draft

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Last week, I wrote about prospects the Chicago Bears can draft with picks 39 and 48, but they also have picks number 71, 148, 150, and 186. Even with his shortcomings, former GM Ryan Pace was great at drafting high-value players in the middle rounds. Now, new GM Ryan Poles will look to continue that trend into his first draft. Here are some guys the Bears can target on Day 3 of the draft to fill their three biggest needs — wide receiver, offensive line, and the secondary.

As I wrote last week, the Bears have a glaring need in the wide receiver room. Darnell Mooney looks to be the number one target for Justin Fields this season, but there is a severe lack of depth behind him. The Bears should look to target pass catchers for Justin Fields in this draft more than once, as this receiver class is incredibly deep.

Danny Gray could be a late-round sleeper for the Chicago Bears

Danny Gray out of SMU is a guy to keep an eye on for Day 3 of the draft next week. Standing at 6’0″ and 186 pounds, Gray possesses elite speed. He ran a 4.33 40-yard dash. He is a very savvy route runner who utilizes his hips to sell his routes at the top — often creating tons of space at his breaks.

With his elite speed, he also has shown he can break upfield on crossing patterns for big plays. Gray also has value on special teams. He possesses upside for returning punts and kicks with his natural burst and speed. Gray looks to go around the middle of Day 3, around Round 5, so keep an eye out for who the Bears draft at picks 148 and 150.