Chicago Bears establish their identity in this 2022 mock draft

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Pick Analysis. Mississippi State. Martin Emerson. 71. player. 893. Scouting Report. Cornerback

Before my head is put on a stick, I am fully aware the offensive line needs to be addressed. There just weren’t many guys I felt good about at this spot. That is why I could not pass on Martin Emerson.

I wrote about Emerson in February, basically saying how he is the real life version of how Eberflus would build his corners in Madden. In addition, he was in a very similar scheme in college that he would be in with the Bears.

My one major question was how good of an athlete and at his pro day, he erased those concerns with some solid testing. The marriage just makes too much sense to pass on him here in favor of an offensive lineman. But trust me, they are coming.

94. Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. Interior Defensive Line. Tennessee. Matthew Butler. player. 839

Surprise mother trucka! If this is truly a rebuild, lean all the way into it. Robert Quinn’s 2021 season will always be appreciated but it’s time to move on and get something in return while his value is peaking. That said, let’s get into the pick.

So, that offensive line thing, it’s not quite happening yet. Again, many of the o linemen that were available weren’t that much better than guys that could be had later. That was not the case for the interior defensive line (aka 3 technique).

After throwing Larry Ogunjobi a bag in the first hours of free agency, it’s clear to see how much this regime values guys who can get up field and stay in the b gap.

The signing obviously did not work out, so something tells me that the Bears are not done taking swings at this position. I present Matthew Butler.

I was introduced to Butler after all of the buzz he created at the East-West Shrine Bowl. Boy, was he a joy to watch. Talk about your prototypical explosive 3 tech who excels at penetrating gaps and rushing the passer.

The only reason I believe he is not being talked about more (outside of playing for Tennessee) is that he is a 5th year senior with one year of high level production. However, at least he has production! A lot of the top guys that are being talking about at the top of day 2 like DeMarvin Leal and Perrion Winfrey can’t say the same.

Butler displayed a much better pass rush repertoire and just as good if not better athletic testing. That’s why I am really hoping that the Bears don’t fall for the names and hold off for a value add like Butler.