6 best remaining players for the Chicago Bears after round 1 to draft Day 2

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Chicago Bears, John Metchie III
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Remaining player for Chicago Bears on Day 2: John Metchie III (WR, Alabama)

Though John Metchie has justifiable red flags, the upside in him is high enough to spend a third-round pick on him.

After tearing his ACL in the second quarter of the SEC Championship, John Metchie’s draft stock plummeted. And that’s warranted, but when something like this happens to a player of Metchie’s stature, sometimes teams seem to forget what the player is capable of.

Considering his ACL tear happened in December 2021, his likely return date would be around September. That makes it unlikely that Metchie would have a wildly inclusive rookie season, but he could come in and be a depth guy towards the second half of the season, or even the playoffs if that somehow happens.

In the season leading up to Metchie’s ACL tear, he had 96 catches for 1,142 yards and eight touchdowns. So, even with a smaller frame (5-foot-11, 187-pounds), John Metchie III could be a force in the NFL once he recovers from the ACL tear.

And while he could be taken in the second round by some teams, if I were the Chicago Bears, I’d wait till at least the third round. Anything above that could potentially be a reach, depending on the team’s current receiver depth.

As a rule of thumb, it’s usually not a bad idea to draft an Alabama Crimson Tide receiver. Hopefully, the Chicago Bears read that.

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