Ranking Chiacgo Bears 2022 Practice Squad
1. Zach Thomas
The last one is probably the most obvious. The Chicago Bears have a small handful of rookie UDFAs to make the roster, so it should not be a surprise that only two draft picks did not make it. Doug Kramer was placed on IR, so we cannot fault Ryan Poles for that.
Then, there is Zach Thomas, who made the initial roster but was let go when the team claimed Alex Leatherwood. They may like Thomas, but they drafted him in round six. Even if they did not like the first season of Leatherwood, he was a round-one pick. The gap from the round one faller to the round six riser was not made up quick enough for Thomas.
Still, Thomas has plenty of upside, and was a tackle at college, but is now shifting to guard. A season on the practice squad may be the best situation for him. Either way, a season sitting and watching Cody Whitehair is going to be best, and even if he does get called back to the roster, that should be his role.
Thomas being the lone cut of the draft picks is a disappointment, but his circling back gives Chicago a chance to call him back up by the end of the season. Something tells me we are not done seeing Thomas on the 53-man roster yet.