CHICAGO – The 2022 NFL draft is being held through Saturday, and every Chicago Bears draft pick will be analyzed here.
The event is being held on the Las Vegas strip in the adjacent area to Caesars Forum two years after it was initially scheduled. The 2020 draft was turned into a virtual event because of COVID-19.
Here’s a pick-by-pick look at how each Chicago player has selected will fit.
Round 2, no. 39 overall: Kyler Gordon, CB, Washington
My take: Ryan Poles’ first draft pick as Chicago’s general manager addresses a void in the secondary. The Bears need to find a starter opposite Jaylon Johnson at cornerback, and Gordon’s outside / inside versatility gives the Bears an intriguing option. Gordon led the Huskies in pass deflections and interceptions in 2021, starting opposite first-round pick Trent McDuffie. The Bears allowed 31 passing touchdowns in 2021, which is tied for second-most allowed in franchise history (31 in 2015, 34 in 2014). According to NFL Next Gen Stats, a cornerback was the nearest defender on 27 of the Bears’ 31 passing TDs allowed, the most in the NFL. While the Bears want to build around quarterback Justin Fields, snagging one of the draft’s top corners was a wise decision to help aid their struggling pass defense and help their issues generating turnovers (minus-13 in turnover differential in 2021, third-worst in NFL ).
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Round 2, no. 48 overall: Jaquan Brisker, S, Penn State
My take: The Bears doubled down on defense in the second round and selected a player who could start opposite Eddie Jackson at safety. Most of Brisker’s snaps came playing up in the box, but his versatility makes him a fit at deep safety or in the slot. “He was always the kind of guy that was the defensive coordinator on the field for Penn State,” ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. said. His size (6-foot-1, 204 pounds), flexibility and physicality make him a solid addition to Chicago’s secondary, but the bigger topic might be the Bears’ decision to forego any offensive additions with their top two picks to aid quarterback Justin Fields in his second season.