5 moves the Chicago Bears must make following 2022 NFL Draft

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The Chicago Bears should sign Will Fuller to a short-term deal

Ryan Poles chose to attack the defensive side of the ball with his first two picks in the 2022 NFL Draft. He turned his attention to the offensive side of the ball late in the draft, but he definitely made the offensive side of the ball a bigger focus from a quantity standpoint. With the Bears’ 11 picks in the draft, Ryan Poles drafted four defensive players, six offensive players and one special teams player (a punter).

Only one of these players was a wide receiver though. The Chicago Bears selected Velus Jones, Jr. in the third round (pick No. 71). Jones is a very fast wide receiver. He ran a 4.31 at the NFL Combine. The problem with Velus Jones is he is going to be 25 by the time the season starts and his breakout age is only 24.3. It’s possible that it won’t be a big deal, but it’s not often that a skill position player succeeds in the NFL when their breakout age is so old.

A player who is also very fast (ran a 4.32 40-yard dash) is Will Fuller. Fuller has struggled with injuries, but when he is healthy he is as dynamic as they come. Fuller earned a $10 million dollar contract by the Dolphins after his 2020 performance where he played in only 11 games but caught 53 balls for 879 yards and eight touchdowns. I’d love to see the Chicago Bears sign Fuller to a contract worth less than $5 million per year. I’d be happy with a one or two-year deal.