Chicago Bears Draft Picks 2022: Bears have six picks, including three on Day 2, following Khalil Mack trade

The Chicago Bears acquired picks in both the 2022 and 2023 NFL Drafts after dealing Khalil Mack. How many picks do they have now?

After just another routine day in the NFL, the Chicago Bears have acquired more 2022 NFL Draft picks by trading star pass rusher Khalil Mack to the Los Angeles Chargers. The Bears will now select two times in Round 2 as well as two times in Round 5. Where exactly do their new picks from the Chargers land? And what can they expect with their current draft order?

Chicago Bears draft picks in 2022

The Bears traded Mack just days before the new league year started, acquiring multiple picks. Mack was sent to the Los Angeles Chargers in exchange for two draft selections, one in 2022 and one a year later. The Chargers sent the Bears a second-round choice in 2022, while their 2023 pick resides in the sixth round.

Of course, the Bears are without their first- and fourth-round picks in the 2022 NFL Draft after trading up with the New York Giants a season ago to acquire Justin Fields. The Bears are also without their seventh-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, which they shipped to the Houston Texans along with Anthony Miller. Chicago acquired a fifth-round pick (No. 148) from Houston in that trade.

Chicago Bears’ 2022 NFL Draft team needs

Prior to dealing Mack, the Bears had but a few needs. Their top needs lived mainly on offense, but all three levels of defense could use some assistance through the draft. With Mack now gone, they lack a true No. 1 pass rusher. Fortunately for the Bears, the 2022 NFL Draft is loaded with edge talent.

It’d be a real shame for the Bears to leave Round 2 without an edge defender. With a front-loaded class, the market value on the top edge rushers is set to skyrocket in the first round of the draft. However, with so many teams likely to move on an edge defender in Round 1, there will be a bevy of high-quality options for Chicago to select with either of their second-round selections.

As it stands now, here are the Bears’ top needs:

  • Offensive Tackle
  • Wide Receiver
  • Defensive Tackle
  • Edge Defender
  • Cornerback

Cam Mellor is the Senior Director of the College Football/NFL Draft vertical for Pro Football Network. You can find his writing here. Follow him on Twitter: @CamMellor.