Chicago Bears establish their identity in this 2022 mock draft

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Linebacker. LSU. Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. Damone Clark. 186. player. 817

This pick would only be possible because of some very unfortunate circumstances. Damone Clark was thought of as a day 2 lock until discovering that he would need spinal fusion surgery. This surgery would most likely red shirt him his entire rookie season.

Because of all of the unknowns that come with his injury/surgery, he will most likely fall to the later rounds of the draft. The talent is undeniable though.

Like Martin Emerson, Clark looks like he was built in Eberflus’s lab. He is rangy, fast and smooth. LSU used him in a hybrid edge/LB roll, which in my opinion minimized his effectiveness. If he was able to be a traditional LB like he would with the Bears, he would be much more impactful.

The Bears would obviously have to do their due diligence on his health but if he checked out, he is worth the investment.

Traits, traits and more traits.

Jason Poe caught my attention when I saw this clip on my Twitter timeline. I hate to one play scout, but this play really does encapsulate how insanely explosive Poe is.

Don’t believe me? Listen to his athletic testing at his pro day according to Bro Bible’s Grayson Weir.

Bench Press — 34 reps (92nd percentile)
40-Yard Dash — 4.89 seconds (99th percentile)
Vertical Jump — 31.5 inches (89th percentile)
Broad Jump — 9 feet, 3 inches (92nd percentile)
10-Yard Split — 1.72 seconds (90th percentile)

That is rare athleticism for a team looking for athletes along their offensive line. Now, there wasn’t a whole lot of NFL translatable qualities to take away from Poe’s tape given that he was in an offense that literally motioned their offensive line.

However, being a freak of nature and a mean SOB on the field is a great baseline to work with. Poe definitely epitomizes a developmental prospect. In round 6, that is exactly what the Bears should be looking for.