5 Chicago Bears WR targets who impressed at 2022 NFL Combine

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Wide receiver Velus Jones proved why the Chicago Bears should draft him at the 2022 NFL Combine

One guy who flashed at the Combine, but still might not be drafted higher than the fourth round at best, is Tennessee wideout Velus Jones. He’s coming to the NFL as a speedy wide receiver with special teams potential and the possibility to be used as a quick catch-and-run type weapon.

Jones stands 6-feet tall, weighing 204 pounds. Even at his size, Jones ran a blazing 4.31 in his 40-yard dash. His vertical and broad jump were fine (33 inches and 121 inches, respectively), but it was his 40 time that jumped out and caused eyes to raise.

Just that one 40-yard dash could be the difference between a team viewing him strictly as a return man with backup potential, to being a legitimate offensive threat underneath.

Last year was the first time he got a real chance to show out as a receiver, and Jones caught 62 passes for 807 yards and seven scores. As a return man, he averaged a whopping 27.3 yards per return last season on 23 attempts.

Overall, Jones is simply dangerous with the ball in his hands. He is the exact type of football player Matt Eberflus would want at Halas Hall.