Grading every rookie from the Chicago Bears 2022 NFL Draft

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Chicago Bears, Velus Jones
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Chicago Bears Pick No. 71: Velus Jones Jr., WR

After neglecting wide receiver with their first two picks, the Bears finally got Justin Fields some help, selecting Tennessee wideout Velus Jones Jr. Jones’ high-end athleticism made him a big play machine on both offense and special teams in his final year of college.

The biggest complaint with Jones was age. While most players drafted are around 21 or 22 years old, Jones turned 25 before his first snap in the NFL. Still, the speed and the catch ability made him an intriguing prospect.

Despite injuries to Darnell Mooney, Chase Claypool, and Byron Pringle, Jones was unable to carve out a distinct role in the offense. He finished the season with 103 rushing yards and 107 receiving yards.

Every time Jones touches the ball, it’s clear to the naked eye that he is an elite athlete. When he gets the ball in his hands, he is as dynamic and dangerous as anyone on the Bears roster. However, finding a way to get the ball in his hands has proven to be quite the challenge.

There is still a chance that Jones can figure it out, but drafting a 25-year-old prospect that isn’t pro-ready, isn’t a great look for Poles or Jones.

2022 Grade: D+