General manager Ryan Poles and head coach Matt Eberflus have a big task ahead of them in rebuilding the Bears. The team isn’t overflowing with assets in the 2022 NFL Draft, but there’s enough capital — especially after the Khalil Mack trade — to get something done. In this Chicago Bears 2022 NFL Mock Draft, Poles and Eberflus take the first step toward reclaiming the Windy City.
Chicago Bears 2022 7-Round Mock Draft
After trading star edge rusher Khalil Mack to the Los Angeles Chargers, the Bears now have six total picks in the 2022 NFL Draft — two selections in Round 2, one in Round 3, two in Round 5, and a final selection in Round 6. For this Chicago Bears 2022 NFL Mock Draft, the PFN Mock Draft Simulator was used to compile the picks.
Round 2, Pick 39: Devonte Wyatt, DT, Georgia
Devonte Wyatt is a first-round-caliber player. He is set to be 24 years old as a rookie, so his age could set him back a bit on the draft board. But were he to drop to the Bears, he would be a must-pick for a team that’ll soon lose the services of veteran Akiem Hicks.
Standing at 6’3″, 304 pounds, Wyatt is a violent pass-rushing threat on the interior who fits perfectly as a 4-3 defensive tackle in Matt Eberflus’ scheme. He doesn’t quite have elite length, but Wyatt makes up for it with impressive raw power, explosiveness, and a twitched-up style.
Round 2, Pick 48 (from LAC): George Pickens, WR, Georgia
The Bears brought over former Packers offensive coordinator Luke Getsy after hiring Eberflus as their head coach. More likely than not, the Bears will feature a diverse cast of receivers on offense. But in recent years, the Packers have favored larger receivers. Getsy could bring that preference in the 2022 NFL Draft and help support Justin Fields.
With Darnell Mooney serving as the smaller, more dynamic separator, the Bears could adequately complement him with Georgia WR George Pickens. Pickens is 6’3″, 195 pounds, with 4.47 speed and great explosiveness. He’s a tremendous downfield threat with his size, but he also has excellent route-running potential with natural hip sink and agility. Furthermore, Getsy would put Pickens’ run-blocking ability to good use.
Round 3, Pick 71: Martin Emerson, CB, Mississippi State
Eberflus’ base 4-3, Cover 2 scheme has historically featured a lot of zone coverage. Nowadays, cornerbacks have to be ready to play man or zone in the NFL. But Eberflus may prefer a longer, more explosive type of cornerback to play in his scheme — a mold he coveted in Indianapolis. In Round 3 of this Chicago Bears 2022 NFL Mock Draft, Martin Emerson is a match.
Emerson stands at 6’1 5/8″, 201 pounds, with outrageous 33.5-inch arms. He also has 4.53 speed — more than good enough for his size. And Emerson’s explosiveness pops. He can snap out of his stance and explode downhill when closing on plays. Moreover, his length gives him a wide disruption radius. With his length, burst, and solid size-adjusted fluidity, Emerson can help lock down the boundary for the Bears’ defense.
Round 5, Pick 148: Josh Paschal, EDGE, Kentucky
After trading Mack, the Bears have a void at EDGE. There’s also a chance they move veteran Robert Quinn as well. With the Bears in a rebuild, the 32-year-old may no longer fit their window. Whether Quinn stays or goes, Chicago still has a need on the edge. And the 2022 NFL Draft is the perfect class to find potential value.
In Round 5, Kentucky’s Josh Paschal could be a steal. Paschal stands around 6’3″, 268 pounds, and is an explosive, powerful threat. He has a 37.5-inch vertical and a 123-inch broad jump, and those numbers reflect the tape well. Paschal surges off the line and causes blockers to lurch. With his violent hands and quickness, he can be a disruptive threat at defensive end.
Round 5, Pick 150: Chris Paul, OT, Tulsa
Chicago’s offensive line is in rough shape. Unfortunately for the Bears, there aren’t enough picks to go around in this 2022 NFL Mock Draft to fix everything. But there is decent value available late in this class. And with Poles being an experienced offensive line evaluator, he could find a diamond in the rough.
Chris Paul is one candidate to be that kind of steal. Paul was a standout at the Senior Bowl and turned heads with his athletic testing at the NFL Combine. At 6’4″, 323 pounds, with almost 34-inch arms, he put up a 4.89 40-yard dash, a 27-inch vertical, and a 109-inch broad jump. On top of his athleticism, Paul is a smart, versatile blocker. He could be an early contributor at right tackle, but he has experience at both guard spots as well.
Round 6, Pick 185: Josh Johnson, WR, Tulsa
The final pick in this Bears 2022 NFL Mock Draft further bolsters the wide receiver room. The 2022 class is incredibly deep at wide receiver, thus providing a nice opportunity for the Bears to double up.
Josh Johnson is flying under the radar in this class, even after showing flashes at the East-West Shrine Bowl. He’s a bit smaller, standing around 5’10 1/2″ and 184 pounds. But he has great proportional length with 32-inch arms. And on top of that, he’s a twitchy, sudden separator with excellent hip sink, and he accelerates quickly out of his breaks. He could be a dangerous separator at the next level, meshing well with Pickens and Mooney.