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Best available players for Bears entering Round 2

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After sitting out the first round Thursday night, the Bears will be extremely busy over a 24-hour period beginning at 6 p.m. (CT) Friday when the draft resumes with the second and third rounds.

The Bears have two picks in the second round (Nos. 39 and 48) and one in the third (No. 71). When the draft concludes Saturday with Rounds 4-7, they have three selections: two in the fifth round (Nos. 148 and 150) and one in the sixth (186).

In a compilation of 20 mock drafts we posted Thursday, there were 28 different players projected to be chosen by the Bears with their two second-round picks. Of those, 25 remain heading into Round. 2. The only three who were selected in Round 1 were Penn State receiver Jahan Dotson by the Commanders at No. 16, Florida cornerback Kaiir Elam by the Bills at No. 23 and Tulsa tackle Tyler Smith by the Cowboys at No. 24.

Here are the first 25 picks in the second round:

33. Buccaneers (from Jaguars)
34. Vikings (from Lions)
35. Titans (from Jets)
36. Giants
37. Texans
38. Jets (from Panthers)
39. BEARS
40. Seahawks (from Broncos)
41. Seahawks
42. Colts (from Commanders)
43. Falcons
44. Browns
45. Ravens
46. Lions (from Vikings)
47. Commanders (from Colts)
48. BEARS (from Chargers)
49. Saints
50. Chiefs (from Dolphins)
51. Eagles
52. Steelers
53. Packers (from Raiders)
54. Patriots
55. Cardinals
56. Cowboys
57. Bills

Here are the best available players remaining entering Day 2:

According to ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr.:

1. Nakobe Dean, LB, Georgia
2. Malik Willis, QB, Liberty
3. Andrew Booth Jr., CB, Clemson
4. Breece Hall, RB, Iowa State
5. Arnold Ebiketie, EDGE, Penn State
6. David Ojabo, EDGE, Michigan
7. Kyler Gordon, CB, Washington
8. Boye Mafe, EDGE, Minnesota
9. Christian Watson, WR, North Dakota State
10. Skyy Moore, WR, Western Michigan
11. Travis Jones, DT, UConn
12. Desmond Ridder, QB, Cincinnati
13. Kenneth Walker, RB, Michigan State
14. Logan Hall, DT, Houston
15. Trey McBride, TE, Colorado State
16. Matt Corral, QB, Ole Miss
17. Roger McCreary, CB, Auburn
18. Jalen Pitre, S, Baylor
19. Sam Howell, QB, North Carolina
20. Bernhard Raimann, OT, Central Michigan
21. Josh Paschal, EDGE, Kentucky
22. Drake Jackson, EDGE, USC
23. Perrion Winfrey, DT, Oklahoma
24. John Metchie III, Alabama
25. Christian Harris, LB, Alabama

According to NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah (photos of each player below):

1. Nakobe Dean, LB, Georgia
2. Malik Willis, QB, Liberty
3. Breece Hall, RB, Iowa State
4. Boye Mafe, EDGE, Minnesota
5. Andrew Booth Jr., CB, Clemson
6. Kenneth Walker, RB, Michigan State
7. Arnold Ebiketie, EDGE, Penn State
8. Kyler Gordon, CB, Washington
9. Travis Jones, DT, UConn
10. Christian Harris, LB, Alabama
11. Matt Corral, QB, Ole Miss
12. Jalen Pitre, S, Baylor
13. Bernhard Raimann, OT, Central Michigan
14. Nik Bonitto, EDGE, Oklahoma
15. Skyy Moore, WR, Western Michigan
16. Christian Watson, WR, North Dakota State
17. Sam Howell, QB, North Carolina
18. David Ojabo, EDGE, Michigan
19. Logan Hall, DT, Houston
20. Desmond Ridder, QB, Cincinnati
21. Roger McCreary, CB, Auburn
22. Jaquan Brisker, S, Penn State
23. Troy Andersen, LB, Montana State
24. Chad Muma, LB, Wyoming
25. Nicholas Petit-Frere, OT, Ohio State

With the Bears holding the No. 39, No. 48 and No. 71 overall picks in the 2022 NFL Draft, check out NFL.com's list of the top 25 remaining prospects available to be selected heading into Day 2.

Here are mock drafts updated after the first round listing who analysts are predicting that the Bears will select with their two second-round picks:

Dane Brugler, The Athletic

No. 39: Georgia receiver George Pickens
Comment: Despite a few red flags, Pickens has the traits to develop into Justin Fields' WR1.

No. 48: Oklahoma defensive tackle Perrion Winfrey
Comment: Winfrey gives the Bears the interior disruption they have been searching for this offseason.

Kevin Hanson, Sports Illustrated

No. 39: Georgia receiver George Pickens
Comment: The Bears should look to improve the supporting cast around Justin Fields. Pickens's best season came as a highly-touted true freshman when he hauled in 49 receptions for 727 yards and eight touchdowns in 2019. While he missed most of the past season with a torn ACL, the lanky receiver has natural hands and excellent body control.

No 48: Baylor safety Jalen Pitre
Comment: Pitre's intelligence and instincts allow him to play fast and impact the game in so many different ways. The Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year in 2021 finished last season with 75 tackles, 18.5 TFLs, 3.5 sacks, two interceptions and three forced fumbles.

Oliver Hodgkinson, Pro Football Network

No. 39: Cincinnati receiver Alec Pierce
Comment: While some might consider offensive tackle the biggest need for the Chicago Bears with their first pick of the 2022 NFL Draft, there isn't a prospect that you'd feel comfortable taking in this mock. Ryan Poles will feel comfortable taking a size and speed freak in the form of Cincinnati's Alec Pierce to provide a go-to threat for second-year quarterback Justin Fields.

No. 48: Central Michigan tackle Bernhard Raimann
Comment: Having snagged their wide receiver at No. 39, the Bears address the offensive line with their second pick in this 2022 NFL Mock Draft. A former tight end who transitioned to offensive tackle, Bernhard Raimann has played predominantly left tackle for Central Michigan. However, he has the athleticism, flexibility, and strength to hold down the right tackle spot in the NFL.

Vinny Iyer, The Sporting News

No. 39: Baylor safety Jalen Pitre
Comment: The Bears were terrible at cornerback away from young rising star Jaylon Johnson and need to add a solid coverage option for new defensive-minded head coach Matt Eberflus. Pitre has great smarts and instincts and the versatility to play outside and inside.

No. 48: North Dakota State receiver Christian Watson
Comment: The Bears need a field-stretcher opposite new No. 1 Darnell Mooney with Allen Robinson gone. Watson would fit the bill as the ideal speedy No. 2 for Justin Fields playing off Mooney and tight end Cole Kmet.

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