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Who analysts are predicting Bears will draft


It seems like the NFL season just ended with the Rams defeating the Bengals in Super Bowl LVI. But the NFL Combine will be held next week in Indianapolis and the 2022 draft is just nine weeks away.

Last year the Bears included their 2022 first-round pick in a trade with the Giants to select quarterback Justin Fields at No. 11 overall. With that in mind, here's a sampling of who a dozen NFL analysts are predicting the Bears will draft with their first pick in the second round at No. 39:

Tab Bamford, Elite Sports New York (Feb. 14)
Houston defensive lineman Logan Hall

Scott Bogman, Fantasy Pros (Feb. 14)
: Georgia receiver George Pickens
Comment: Allen Robinson is gone and Pickens gives Fields another downfield threat to pair with Darnell Mooney.

Eddie Brown, San Diego Union Tribune (Feb. 16)
Washington cornerback Trent McDuffie
Comment: The Bears will need to add two cornerbacks this offseason so Jaylon Johnson won't have to continue to chase top receivers all over the field. McDuffie plays bigger than his 5-11 frame. He's one of the surest tacklers at the position in this draft class and his instincts are elite.

Dane Brugler, The Athletic (Jan. 19)
Georgia receiver George Pickens

Walter Cherepinsky, (Feb. 22)
Auburn cornerback Roger McCreary
Comment: The Bears have some serious problems at cornerback after losing Kyle Fuller [last] offseason. Roger McCreary is only 5-11, but he has amazing coverage skills.

Luke Easterling, USA Today (Feb. 17)
North Dakota State receiver Christian Watson

Austin Gayle, Pro Football Focus (Feb. 21)
Boston College offensive lineman Zion Johnson

Randy Gurzi, NFL Spin Zone (Feb. 14)
Auburn cornerback Roger McCreary
Comment: Another potential starting cornerback slides into the second round and the Chicago Bears gladly bring him in as they take Auburn's Roger McCreary at No. 39.

Shane Hallam, Draft Countdown (Feb. 21)
North Dakota State receiver Christian Watson

Cam Mellor, Pro Football Network (Feb. 12)
Ohio State tackle Nicholas Petit-Frere
Comment: With their first pick of this draft, the Chicago Bears secure a need at left tackle with Jason Peters' one-year fill-in now over. Nicholas Petit-Frere has a solid base and gets to block for his former teammate Justin Fields again.

Jordan Reid, ESPN (Feb. 7)
Purdue receiver David Bell
Comment: New general manager Ryan Poles has his work cut out at the receiver position, with only Darnell Mooney under contract next season. Bell, who had 93 catches for 1,286 yards last season, is a smooth route runner with consistent hands. He proved over the past two seasons that he can be counted upon as a go-to option in the passing game. Bell doesn't have outstanding speed, but he executes the details on his route stems and has a knack for finishing catches at the catch point. Chicago doesn't have a first-round pick, which means it needs to hit on this one.

Chad Reuter, (Feb. 14)
Ohio State receiver Chris Olave

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