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Early Look At Bears’ 2022 NFL Draft Priorities

  • The Draft Network
  • September 30, 2021
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The 2021 NFL season is only four weeks old, so of course, it’s a bit aggressive to look ahead to the 2022 NFL Draft and begin tiering positions that may be targeted by the Chicago Bears. Free agency will shuffle needs and as of now, the Bears don’t have a first-round pick.

Still, this is The Draft Network, so it’s always draft season around here.

This will be an evolving post. I’ll circle back every few weeks and update this list. For now, here are the top needs the Bears must address this offseason with an eye toward the next NFL draft.

Offensive Tackle

The Bears spent a second-round pick in 2021 on Teven Jenkins, who has yet to take a snap as he recovers from a back injury. Veteran left tackle Jason Peters won’t be on this team next year, and there’s a good chance Germain Ifedi won’t either. Rookie Larry Borom has upside, but Chicago’s top priority in next year’s draft is currently offensive tackle.

Potential targets: Jaxson Kirkland (Washington); Darian Kinnard (Kentucky); Nicholas Petit-Frere (Ohio State).


Jaylon Johnson is an ascending talent who plays like a No. 1 corner, but the departure of Kyle Fuller left the secondary exposed. Past day-three picks Kindle Vildor and Duke Shelley have been OK, but an upgrade is needed. It may be a position general manager Ryan Pace decides to focus on in free agency because of the volatility and unpredictability of cornerbacks transitioning to the pros.

Potential targets: Derion Kendrick (Georgia); Roger McCreary (Auburn); Sevyn Banks (Ohio State).

Wide Receiver

It feels more and more likely that Allen Robinson is playing his final season with Chicago this year. If so, the Bears will be left with Darnell Mooney and a collection of veteran journeymen at the position. Talent at wideout can be found on day two, and it’ll be a priority to surround Justin Fields with playmakers early in his career.

Potential targets: Drake London (USC); John Metchie III (Alabama); George Pickens (Georgia).


Despite drafting Fields with the 11th overall pick in 2021 (and trading 2022’s first-rounder to land him), quarterback will remain a draft need next April. The Bears aren’t searching for a starter, but they do need to stabilize the depth chart behind Fields. Neither Andy Dalton nor Nick Foles will be on this team in 2022, and it’s important for Chicago to add additional talent to the quarterback room. Remember: this year’s quarterback class isn’t very strong. Several quality prospects will slide into Day 3. The Bears can land a quality player at a discount.

Potential targets: Desmond Ridder (Cincinnati), Grayson McCall (Coastal Carolina), Will Levis (Kentucky)

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