2022 NFL Draft: Chicago Bears add WRs, OLine in 7-Round Mock

Justin Fields #1 of the Chicago Bears (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Drake London, Chicago Bears, 2022 NFL Draft
Chicago Bears select 2022 NFL Draft prospect wide receiver Drake London #15 of the USC Trojans in 7-round mock draft (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images) /

2022 NFL Draft: Chicago Bears 7-Round Mock Draft

The 2022 NFL Draft will be an important one for the Chicago Bears. With a young quarterback under center, the Bears are in need of many pieces to complete the team with few assets to do so, meaning whoever is calling the shots will need to be strategic with the limited selections.

For starters, Chicago’s new general manager and head coach will walk in without a first round selection. That pick went to the New York Giants as part of the Justin Fields trade a year ago. The Bears won’t be picking until the 39th selection of the 2022 NFL Draft, barring a trade up.

Beyond that, the Bears currently have just five choices in the draft. That can change for a variety of reasons, but this offseason will, without a doubt, be an uphill battle for whoever steps in and tries to right this roster.

Note: Mock draft completed using the Mock Draft Simulator at thedraftnetwork.com. Contract information supplied by spotrac.com

Round 2, Pick 39: Drake London, WR, USC

WR. USC. Drake London. 2. player. Pick Analysis. 808. Scouting Report

If the Bears want Justin Fields to succeed, they need to improve the offense around him. David Montgomery and Tarik Cohen in the backfield is a good start, but other pieces will surely need to be added. Whether it’s protection up front or weapons on the outside, the Bears offense needs upgrades.

Protection should be the priority here, but there isn’t much available worth the value of the pick. Instead, the Bears can provide options for Fields to target. Currently, only Darnell Mooney is under contract for next season from the wide receiver group. Everyone else has the chance to seek a free agent contract.

Enter Drake London. Young quarterbacks need big targets to look for and a 6-foot-5 wideout is hard to top. London, who has also spent time on the USC Men’s Basketball roster, hauled in 88 catches this past season for 1,084 yards and seven touchdowns.

The concern with London is the experience. He has 22 games under his belt at USC and before this season had 1,069 receiving yards to his name across two seasons. However, the blossoming of Amon-Ra St. Brown in Detroit this season out of the same college system could instill some trust in this pick for the Bears’ new brass.