Now that the 2022 NFL Draft is a little over a week away, things are getting real for Chicago Bears first-year general manager Ryan Poles.
There has been a lot of talk this offseason, as is the norm during this period of time. But, beyond all of the talk, speculation, rumors, opinions and projections, it is about to get real. The Bears will take the stage, with 31 other teams, and anything you’ve heard over the past few weeks or months will go out the window.
Poles is the only one who knows what he will do at this point, and we can only sit back and trust that he has the right plan in place.
With just six draft picks to work with, there has been much speculation as to whether Poles will work his way back a little bit in order to acquire additional draft capital. But, what if that doesn’t come in the second round?
Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Poles might just keep both second-round picks in the 2022 NFL Draft.
Sure, the Bears could get the most value if they traded either of their second rounders coming at 39 and 48. That might seem ideal, in fact, to most fans. But, if the draft falls a certain way, Poles may be forced to keep those picks and go with the value that comes his direction.
Chicago has more needs than picks, and Poles understands that. This could end up being a year where we see the most undrafted free agents come in than any recent season, though, and that’s how Poles could choose to fill some of the several holes.
If Poles opts to keep both second-round picks, it would have to be because some incredible talent has fallen the Bears’ way. Just for a quick example, this would be the absolute perfect scenario in the second round if the Bears ended up keeping both of those selections.