The ultimate Chicago Bears 2022 NFL Draft rankings and guide
Chicago Bears Big Board No. 2: Treylon Burks, WR, Arkansas
Projected: Anywhere from 1st WR Selected to 7th WR Selected
Target for the Bears at Pick(s): 39/ trade-up
I want to get this started by saying that Treylon Burks is hands down my WR1 in this whole draft class. I think he is flat out the best prospect. Maybe he is not the best player right now, but the talent is undeniable. I see so much A.J. Brown in Burks it is unreal. Burks is built like Dalvin Cook but has the jump ball skills of Allen Robinson — it is simply unfair. Burks is also elite after the catch and with the ball in his hands, which propels so many people to give him a Deebo Samuel pro comparison.
You are probably wondering why someone so highly spoken of is somewhat of a realistic draft target for the Bears in the second round? Because due to some underwhelming combine scores people have begun to question his athletic profile. There has also been some talk about Burks being out of shape at the combine, and I have yet to find some hard proof to sway me to think he was either in shape or out of shape.
However, the combine speeds don’t worry me. Burks still tested very well for his size and his tape gives me enough confidence to say his testing scores don’t matter. Burks has the highest ceiling in this draft, as well as the lowest floor, and will be very dependent on where he lands and if the team that is lucky enough to have him, can utilize his talents correctly.
Burks will likely be more of a Z or slot receiver to start his career because I don’t think his route running skills are even close to good enough to be a true X receiver coming into the league. But if he were to become even a mediocre route runner that would be a very scary sight for defensive backs.