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Chicago Bears get five top-100 players in this 2022 mock draft

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Chicago Bears, Tycen Anderson
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Poles finds himself making one more trade before the draft’s conclusion, this time moving back and acquiring another pick from the Buffalo Bills. In this deal, the Bears send their no. 150 to Buffalo for picks no. 168 and no. 231.

After moving back, the Bears select cornerback Tycen Anderson out of Toledo at pick no. 168 overall. This is a position that’s been ignored up to this point, but Poles has stuck to his plan, not overpaying for a free agent and taking the best player on the board in this draft. Here, Anderson offers good value.

Now, even though Anderson is technically labeled a cornerback, he offers some positional flexibility as a possible safety as well. He comes from playing both nickel and more of a box safety at Toledo, and that type of defensive weapon is something Eberflus should enjoy experimenting with.

Anderson stands 6-foot-2, weighing 209 pounds and presenting excellent size as a defensive back. He’s a tough, strong and aggressive player who excels in run support. The Bears were notoriously bad tackling last year, within their secondary, and Anderson will help alleviate that pain.

He’s a guy who could play either nickel or function well as a strong safety playing zone in Eberflus’ scheme.