4. Velus Jones, WR
The Bears were expected to go after receivers in the 2022 NFL Draft but they oddly stayed clear of them for the most part. Despite having two picks in the second round, they waited until Round 3 to add to their biggest weakness. That’s where they landed Velus Jones, Jr. from Tennessee.
His selection was also confusing since Jones was far from a finished product. He had just one year with decent production for the Vols, after transferring from USC. Since joining the Bears, he’s continued to be a work in progress but his lack of development could lead to him being let go in 2024.
Bryce Lazenby of Bear Goggles On believes he will be cut and called him a “positionless player” who could be replaced easily in the upcoming draft.
“The Bears can find more talented gadget players in the draft. Adding receivers who can run routes and make contested catches is more important to this team than a player like Jones.” — Lazenby, Bear Goggles On
Jones has just 11 receptions and 17 rushing attempts so far in his short career. He’s totaled 281 yards from scrimmage and has two touchdowns. His saving grace could be his ability to return kicks but unless he can do more in the base offense, it might be hard to justify keeping him around as they continue to build up their offense.