The ultimate Chicago Bears 2022 NFL Draft rankings and guide

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Chicago Bears Big Board No. 8: Bo Melton, Wide Receiver, Rutgers

Projected: Mid to Late Day 2

Target for the Bears at Pick(s): 48 and 71

Bo Melton might fly under the radar for many fans whether it be because of the college he attended, whether it’s his smaller frame, his lack of college production, his underutilization of his height, or his age.

Don’t let the people rain on your parade with all of these criticisms of Melton. Melton is a great yard after catch guy, with great vision, and insane burst. Melton ran a 4.34 40-yard dash at the combine which put him on the map for the people who might be uninformed of his athletic profile.

On tape, Melton exhibits above-average route running, he is aggressive at the catch point, he is always hunting for the ball in the air, and his yards after the catch ability is very good. You can also tell Melton has a great feel for the game with the way he runs his routes which will only improve as he grows.

I think his tape is more than convincing of Melton being worth a look at in the late second for any team looking for yards after the catch slot receiver, I also think Melton can develop into a Z receiver with the proper development. Some areas to improve on for the Rutgers wideout can be seen in his release package as I don’t see much craftiness, which is the only thing holding him back from being an outside wideout.

Melton could be a great gadget guy and return man upon reaching the league, with legit outside potential.

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