The first round of the 2022 NFL Draft has come and gone, and what an entertaining night it was.
With trades galore, veteran wide receivers on the move and several shock selections, it was fun to watch the festivities of Round 1 commence after months and months of pre-draft analysis. Now that the first day of the draft is over, it’s time to take a look at what lies ahead.
The Chicago Bears didn’t pick on Thursday, but they project to have three selections in Rounds 2 and 3, with two of them coming in the top 50 of this year’s draft. A major run on offensive linemen — 9 of them, to be exact — could make it tougher to find good value there early on, but there is plenty of intriguing talent elsewhere that should definitely entice general manager Ryan Poles and Co.
Using my 2022 NFL Draft finalized big board, I have put together a list of my top 30 players still on the board heading into Day 2, with players at positions of interest for the Bears indicated with an ‘X’ in the appropriate column. Spoiler alert: they have a lot of needs!
2022 NFL Draft BPA heading into Round 2
|1||Andrew Booth Jr.||CB||Clemson||X|
|4||DeMarvin Leal||DL||Texas A&M||X|
|5||Jaquan Brisker||SAF||Penn State||X|
|6||Breece Hall||RB||Iowa State|
|10||Bernhard Raimann||OT||Central Michigan||X|
|11||Skyy Moore||WR||Western Michigan||X|
|14||Christian Watson||WR||North Dakota State||X|
|17||Matt Corral||QB||Ole Miss|
|18||Kenneth Walker III||RB||Michigan State|
|19||Cameron Thomas||DL||San Diego State||X|
|20||Nicholas Petit-Frere||OT||Ohio State||X|
|23||Isaiah Spiller||RB||Texas A&M|
|27||John Metchie III||WR||Alabama||X|
|28||Trey McBride||TE||Colorado State|
If you haven’t already, make sure to purchase my 2022 NFL Draft guide on my Patreon! It has my entire big board, a 7-round mock draft, Bears positional outlooks, scouting reports for my top 30 prospects and more.
Also, be sure to check out my initial reactions to Day 1 alongside Robert Schmitz in his latest episode of Bear With Me!