Chicago Bears make huge trade in this 2022 NFL Mock Draft

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Chicago Bears, George Pickens
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A year ago, Georgia wide receiver George Pickens may have been considered a likely first-round pick, if not a surefire second rounder. His impending breakout in 2021 was going to get him there. Now, his draft stock is a bit up in the air until we see him at his Pro Day and the NFL Combine.

Pickens suffered an ACL tear in spring activities last year and was only able to come back and appear in four games, catching five passes for 107 yards. Now, the biggest of those catches was his only reception in the National Championship Game against Alabama, where he caught a deep 52-yard bomb.

That catch, alone, put Pickens’ draft stock back on the map and it should continue to rise. For the sake of this mock, Pickens was able to be selected in the third round.

The 6-foot-3 wideout is an excellent option to start on the outside. He has the ability to track those deeper passes with relative ease. His catch radius is fairly large, too, giving Justin Fields a little bit of grace when throwing those tougher routes.

Having Pickens next to Mooney would give the Bears two young, ascending talents at the receiver position and then, hopefully the Bears can fill out the rest of their receiving core.