2022 NFL Mock Draft: Round 1, Pick 39 (Chicago Bears)
The Chicago Bears are looking for a full rebuild with the new regime. The team was already struggling, but the trade of Khalil Mack just emphasized a new beginning in Chicago, especially for the cost of the deal. Now, the Bears need to begin building around Justin Fields and that means offensive line.
The Bears allowed the most sacks during the 2021 season and need to address protection if they want Fields to have any chance of succeeding. On top of having a poor offensive line, the Bears could lose three starting pieces, including both tackles this offseason.
Zion Johnson is a versatile offensive lineman that will grow with Fields. He can line up as both a guard and a tackle, giving Chicago some freedom when adding other pieces to the line. He’s a better run blocker than anything, which will come in handy with the mobility of Fields.
2022 NFL Mock Draft: Round 1, Pick 40 (Seattle Seahawks)
There are quarterbacks that could intrigue the Seahawks here, but like I said in the first round I don’t see Seattle forcing a quarterback in the 2022 NFL Draft. They have plenty of capital in 2023 to go get the guy that fits them best while addressing other areas this year.
With that being said, the Seahawks can look for other areas of need, one being their pass rush. Seattle was in the bottom half of the league and need to create pressure in a division that has Kyler Murray, Trey Lance and Matthew Stafford moving forward.
At Minnesota, Boye Mafe just consistently improved. Each season he increased his tackle total, tackles for loss and sacks. That type of upward projection is what the Seahawks need in this rebuild. Players who are going to continue growing as the team puts together the right pieces.