Ryan Poles didn’t make a splash on his first draft evening as Chicago Bears normal supervisor, however that was anticipated.
The Bears didn’t have a first-round choose as a result of former GM Ryan Tempo traded it final yr to maneuver as much as draft quarterback Justin Fields, and Poles didn’t execute a commerce up into the primary spherical Thursday evening.
As a substitute he’ll attempt to choose impactful gamers Friday on Day 2, when the Bears have the Nos. 39 and 48 picks within the second spherical and No. 71 within the third spherical.
9 offensive linemen, six vast receivers and 4 cornerbacks had been chosen within the first spherical, however many different fascinating prospects can be found. Listed here are some noteworthy gamers nonetheless on the board on the Bears’ three greatest positions of want and a handful of different prospects who may advantage consideration.
Luke Goedeke, G, Central Michigan: Teammate Bernhard Raimann has been mentioned extra extensively by draftniks, however league personnel have been buzzing about Goedeke since his professional day exercise. He performed proper sort out for the Chippewas however probably can be a guard as a professional.
Cam Jurgens, C, Nebraska: If the Bears like the concept of sliding Lucas Patrick over to proper guard, they may add Jurgens as a rookie who ought to compete for a beginning position instantly.
Dylan Parham, G, Memphis: After failing of their bid so as to add Ryan Bates as a restricted free agent, the Bears have a necessity at proper guard. Including Parham after a commerce down in Spherical 2 or in Spherical 3 might fill that void.
Nicholas Petit-Frere, OT, Ohio State: A proper sort out for the Buckeyes in 2020, he shifted to the left aspect final fall. Petit-Frere has the athleticism to stay on the left aspect however would must be developed.
Bernhard Raimann, OT, Central Michigan: A switch pupil from Austria, Raimann arrived at Central Michigan as a good finish earlier than being transformed to the offensive line. He settled in at left sort out throughout the COVID-shortened 2020 season and confirmed actual enchancment final fall. Some thought he was a possible first-round choose, however knee points may need dropped him on some boards.
Andrew Sales space Jr., Clemson: The Bears have an actual want at nickel cornerback, and that could possibly be the place Sales space tasks greatest within the NFL. Some thought he can be chosen within the again half of the primary spherical.
Kyler Gordon, Washington: Many figured he would go in Spherical 1 with Huskies teammate Trent McDuffie. The Bears want a starter reverse Jaylon Johnson, so it’s attainable if Gordon is obtainable the place might trump their wants on the O-line and at receiver.
Roger McCreary, Auburn: Performed properly in press man final season, when he led the SEC in cross breakups.
Cam Taylor-Britt, Nebraska: Expert zone nook could possibly be a great match for what coach Matt Eberflus needs to do on protection, particularly in Spherical 3.
Tariq Woolen, Texas-San Antonio: Uncommon mixture of measurement (6-foot-4, 205 kilos), size (33⅝-inch arms) and velocity (4.26 seconds within the 40-yard sprint) makes Woolen an intriguing Day 2 prospect.
Calvin Austin III, Memphis: The previous walk-on is small at 5-8, 170 kilos. However he’s additionally lightning fast and ran a 4.32-second 40-yard sprint on the mix.
John Metchie III, Alabama: Recognized for his toughness, Metchie was sidelined in December with an ACL tear and didn’t take part in on-field pre-draft actions. However earlier than that he had 96 catches for 1,142 yards and eight touchdowns in 13 video games in 2021.
Skyy Moore, Western Michigan: Touted for his crisp route operating, savvy in getting open and willingness to make contested catches. He had 95 catches for 1,292 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2021.
George Pickens, Georgia: A gifted vast receiver whose inventory dropped after he missed many of the 2021 season with a torn ACL. His greatest season got here as a freshman in 2019 (49 catches, 727 yards, eight touchdowns).
Alec Pierce, Cincinnati: The previous Glenbard West multisport athlete makes use of measurement, athleticism and velocity to make an influence, together with 52 catches for 884 yards and eight touchdowns in 2021.
Wan’Dale Robinson, Kentucky: After two seasons at Nebraska, he transferred to Kentucky and had 104 catches for 1,334 yards. He’s undersized however athletic and glorious with the ball in his fingers.
Jalen Tolbert, South Alabama: A easy playmaker who totaled 2,559 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns in his closing two seasons, although he’ll have an enormous soar in degree of competitors within the NFL.
Christian Watson, North Dakota State: He has explosiveness and velocity — which he confirmed off with a 4.36-second 40-yard sprint on the mix — to go together with stable manufacturing on the FCS degree. However he’s one other one who has a leap in competitors forward.
Logan Corridor, DL, Houston: He made a top-30 go to to Halas Corridor and has the flexibility for use equally to how Eberflus deployed DeForest Buckner in Indianapolis.
Nik Bonitto, edge, Oklahoma: He had 32 tackles for a loss and 18½ sacks in his school profession, together with 15 sacks over the past two seasons. He ran the 40-yard sprint in 4.54 seconds
Arnold Ebiketie, edge, Penn State: After transferring from Temple for his fifth-year senior season, he totaled 17 tackles for a loss, 9½ sacks and two pressured fumbles.
Boye Mafe, edge, Minnesota: Mafe had 15 sacks in his school profession, together with seven in 2021. He’s a quick, explosive athlete who wants growth.
David Ojabo, edge, Michigan: The Scottish-Nigerian edge rusher had 11 sacks and 5 pressured fumbles in 2021. However he suffered a torn Achilles tendon at Michigan’s professional day and is recovering.
Nakobe Dean, ILB, Georgia: Dean doesn’t play a place of nice want for the Bears. However many analysts rank the 2021 Butkus Award winner and first-team All-American as the perfect participant obtainable, with some having predicted he would go in the midst of the primary spherical.
Jaquan Brisker, S, Penn State: He was named a second-team All-American by a number of retailers as a fifth-year senior in 2021 after transferring from junior school in 2019. A defensive chief for the Nittany Lions, he had 153 tackles, 9½ for a loss, 5 interceptions and 14 cross breakups in 21 profession begins.
Kerby Joseph, S, Illinois: Joseph had 5 interceptions, seven passes defended and three fumble recoveries in 2021.
Jalen Pitre, S, Baylor: The versatile security had two interceptions, 9 passes defended, three pressured fumbles, three sacks and 18 tackles for a loss as a fifth-year senior.