According to an analysis, the 2022 draft offers positive opportunities for the Bears in terms of strengths at positions in need.
The draft is deep in many places where the Bears need talent, according to Pro Football Focus.
The analytics website has released position group ratings for this draft class, and the areas where the Bears need the most also have the most talent in many cases. Chances are they can get away with what they need according to PFF’s Sam Monson article.
The greatest perceived need for the Bears is a wide receiver and PFF assigns an A-minus rating to the receiving group.
The depth exists, and they’ve coalesced into this group with the recent draft trend of “elite receiver classes.”
“Perhaps the only criticism of this year’s wide receiver draft class is that it lacks a superstar prospect,” Monson wrote.
By that, Monson meant someone like Ja’Marr Chase.
A spot GM Ryan Poles seems interested in improving his offensive tackle, even though the Bears invested in two tackles last draft. This is where PFF finds the greatest value with an A rating.
Mississippi State’s Charles Cross, North Carolina State’s Ikem Ekwonu and Alabama’s Evan Neal top the tackle class, but PFF places Bernhard Raimann and Trevor Penning of northern Iowa just behind them. The good news for the Bears is that if they can’t get Raimann or Penning in Round 2, then PFF sees mid-round players like Tulsa’s Tyler Smith who might have the ability to match what the five are doing. first in the league.
The same type of value is attached to the edge rusher group. Until the Bears traded Khalil Mack, they seemed to have no need to rush the edges. However, the possibility now that they could even trade Robert Quinn could put them in the market for a top rusher, even after signing Al-Quadin Muhammad.
The edge rusher group received an A from PFF
“If any position can compete with receiver or tackle for strongest in this entire draft, it’s rusher,” Monson said.
Aidan Hutchinson, Kayvon Thibodeaux, Travon Walker, George Karlaftis, Jermaine Johnson and David Ojabo are presented as examples of deep class.
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They gave both cornerback and safety ratings in the Bs and the Bears need both positions.
The one area where the Bears are badly in need of talent and the available squad is considered poor is the interior defensive line.
Three-technical signing Justin Jones after Bengals free agent Larry Ogunjobi failed at his Bears physical only met part of the team’s needs in the position. They need interior defensive line depth and could use another starter to go along with Jones, but this year’s class gets a C-minus grade.
After the whimsical Jordan Davis and Devonte Wyatt, talent takes a nosedive.
Connecticut’s Travis Jones is considered a strong possible third tackle, but the 6-foot-4, 327-pound may not be the one-spread-style defender the Bears are looking for.