Here's everything you need to know about the 2022 NFL Draft:
When and where is the draft being held?
The 87th annual NFL Draft will be conducted Thursday through Saturday in Las Vegas. The first round will be held Thursday beginning at 7 p.m. (CT). The second and third rounds will take place Friday starting at 6 p.m. (CT). And Rounds 4-7 will be conducted Saturday kicking off at 11 a.m. (CT).
How long do teams have to make their picks?
The time limit is 10 minutes for Round 1, seven minutes for Round 2, five minutes for Rounds 3-6 and four minutes for Round 7.
How many picks do the Bears have?
The Bears have the following six selections, with round and overall choice listed:
2-48 (from Chargers)
5-148 (from Texans)
The Bears have their own picks in Rounds 2, 3, 5 and 6, selecting seventh in each of those rounds based on last season's 6-11 record. They obtained additional picks in the second round and fifth round in trades that sent outside linebacker Khalil Mack to the Chargers this year and receiver Anthony Miller to the Texans last year, respectively. The Bears traded their first- and fourth-round picks to the Giants last April to move up nine spots in the first round to choose quarterback Justin Fields at No. 11. They also sent their seventh-round selection to the Texans in the Miller trade.
How many times have the Bears had the 39th pick in the draft?
The Bears are slated to pick a player at No. 39 for the fourth time in the last eight drafts. Previous No. 39 selections have included nose tackle Eddie Goldman (2015) and offensive linemen James Daniels (2018) and Teven Jenkins (2021). The Bears have drafted a total of 10 players at No. 39. The others are receiver Mark Bradley (2005), safety Mike Brown (2000), tackle Marcus Spears (1994), receiver Rickey Watts (1979), back Ben Bendrick (1949), tackle Ed Stamm (1943) and back Charlie O'Rourke (1941).
Where can I follow the draft?
The draft will be televised nationally by NFL Network, ABC, ESPN and ESPN Deportes, and can be heard nationwide on Westwood One Radio, SiriusXM NFL Radio, TuneIn Radio and ESPN Radio. If you're a Bears fan, the best place to follow the draft, of course, is on ChicagoBears.com and the team's social media platforms.
Who will announce the Bears' draft picks?
Former Bears running back Matt Forte is scheduled to announce both of Chicago's second-round picks Friday night from Las Vegas with comedian Sebastian Maniscalco, who hails from Arlington Heights.
Forte was selected by the Bears in the second round of the 2008 draft out of Tulane. He spent eight seasons in Chicago and ranks second in franchise history behind Hall of Famer Walter Payton in rushing yards (8,602), receiving yards by a running back (4,116), yards from scrimmage (12,718), 100-yard rushing games (24), scrimmage yards per game (106.0) and games with at least 150 yards from scrimmage (25).
Forte led the Bears in rushing for eight straight years—the longest stretch since Payton was the team's top rusher for 12 consecutive seasons from 1975-86.
Bears fan Sean Evans from truTV's "Hot Ones: The Game Show" is slated to announce the third-round pick.
What is first-year general manager Ryan Poles' philosophy in terms of taking the best available player, the best available among a group of need positions or drafting for need?
Poles told ChicagoBears.com at the Combine that he generally plans to stick with the best available prospect, saying: "I think that's how you capture value the best on the board. And then if all things are even between four guys and one's in a position that you need and it's a premium position, then you will adjust to that. But you really should have the mindset of best available."
How does Poles feel about trading up or down?
Poles detailed his criteria for swapping picks at the Combine, saying: "To move up, it's got to be a special player that really checks all the boxes. We talk about 'Bears Fit,' the guys who represent exactly what we need, and if that matches a high level of performance, that's something that we would consider. In terms of moving back, then it becomes a numbers game, and I work with some of our analytics folks to come up with rules for that on draft day. If you have the ability to maneuver around and you still can get a guy in the proper value for where you're picking, then that might be the best move because then you add draft capital as well."
Poles reiterated earlier this week that with only six picks, he hopes to be able to trade down to acquire additional selections, saying: "I would like to do some movement and get more picks, but it's got to be in the right area.
"The biggest thing is how many players you have at a certain level, so you can move back and get a quality player at that next spot. And when you get kicked other picks, that's an additional player. So, where is that pick located at in the draft and can I still get a quality player at that level as well? Also, you can accumulate on the back end and package things up and move them again. So, really it's just the volume and where the draft is deep at certain positions."
With the Bears holding two second-round picks in the 2022 NFL Draft, senior writer Larry Mayer ranks the top 10 Round 2 draft choices in team history.