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What the Bears shouldn't do in the 2022 NFL draft – Chicago Bears Wire

As we approach Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Poles’ first NFL draft, there is a lot of buzz about which players would fit well in Chicago as they rebuild.
With six picks in this year’s draft, the Bears cannot afford to mess around. Building the offensive line and adding weapons for Justin Fields is a top priority, but there are also holes on defense at cornerback, linebacker and defensive line.
Let’s take a look at four things Poles and the Bears should not do in the 2022 NFL draft.
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The Bears currently have just six draft selections, which means they can’t afford to lose any picks. If they plan on trading up to grab a player they believe in, they cannot afford to lose draft picks.
Trading up to grab a weapon for Justin Fields would be ideal if a top wide receiver falls in the draft, but they’d have to even out their draft picks. With no first-round draft choices, moving up into the first round is likely not happening. At 39th overall, they’re just a few picks into the second round. Trading up that early isn’t worth it.
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The Bears need both wide receivers and offensive linemen in this draft. There are too many talented players who will fall into the second round. Losing Allen Robinson is a big blow to this team, despite the lack of production and injury issues in 2021.
But Fields needs a big-time target. If Penn State’s Jahan Dotson or Georgia’s George Pickens are available at No. 39, the Bears would be foolish to pass on either pass catcher. They could also draft another one in the later rounds.
Their first pick should be a wide receiver and their second pick should be an offensive lineman. They cannot afford to miss on adding weapons for Fields in this year’s draft.
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Though the Bears need a punter, they shouldn’t even think about drafting one. When I’m talking about special teams, I mean a return man. There are multiple late-round wide receivers who can return kicks and punts.
The best choice in the later rounds is Nevada’s Romeo Doubs. He is a dangerous return and has the potential to be a star in the league. Doubs is also a solid depth wide receiver. Chicago would be filling two needs with him. A depth wide receiver and a returner.
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Former GM Ryan Pace talked about drafting a quarterback in each of his drafts in the later rounds as a project. He missed the boat on that, though. Poles shouldn’t draft one this year in the later rounds, but should look at the undrafted free agents to find a quarterback who can run the offensive similar to Fields. This wouldn’t be to replace Fields, it would be just in case he is injured in the future.
The best example of this is the Ravens. They’ve brought in undrafted free agents, who can run their offense similar to Lamar Jackson, and they landed on Tyler Huntley. With the injuries to Fields in 2021, there was no true backup who was even remotely similar to him on the Bears’ roster. Looking at an athletic undrafted free agent quarterback, to bring into training camp and develop, could be a difference maker down the road.
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