5 perfect trade-back scenarios for Chicago Bears in 2022 NFL Draft

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The Trade

This one isn’t as exciting as the previous trades, but it gives the Bears an extra pick, which is what really matters. If they use that pick wisely, the Bears come away with a steal.

The Picks

Round 2, Pick 54: T Abraham Lucas, Washington State

Having stayed at no. 39, the Bears likely already picked up a legitimate number one receiver. At this point, they again try to round out their offensive line by going with the towering Abraham Lucas out of Washington State. He’s one of the biggest guys in the draft, standing 6-foot-7 and having that ideal frame to play tackle in the NFL.

For his size, the athleticism is certainly there. Lucas ran a 4.92 at the Combine. Any lineman running under five seconds is impressive, but at 6-foot-7? That’s enough to turn heads. Lucas started four years in college and comes with a basketball background, so he truly offers Eberflus with the perfect type. He’s a leader and an athlete — a great fit for Chicago.

Round 5, Pick 170: WR Kevin Austin Jr., Notre Dame

With the extra pick from New England, the Bears potentially walk away with one of the draft’s biggest steals in Notre Dame wide receiver Kevin Austin Jr. He was one of the guys who dominated the Combine, putting himself in better position to be drafted.

Austin is 6-foot-2, weighing 200 pounds but ran an impressive 4.43 and notched a 39-inch vertical, plus a 132-inch broad jump. He was as well-rounded as you could have possibly asked for in his workout.

His college production isn’t anything that truly stands out, which is why he’ll be drafted late. But, the best may be yet to come with Austin, who offers all the physical tools Eberflus will love.