The Chicago Bears are coming off a disappointing 2021 season that ushered in the start of a new era with general manager Ryan Poles and head coach Matt Eberflus. The hope is this Ryan-Matt duo will be able to guide the Bears back to relevance.
With the NFL draft fast approaching, Poles still has plenty of work to do with the current roster, which features some glaring holes at positions of need. Positions like wide receiver, offensive line and defensive back remain huge concerns.
Here at Bears Wire, we’re going position by position to break down where Chicago stands entering the 2022 NFL draft. First up is quarterback, which appears set for the foreseeable future with Justin Fields.
Who’s on the roster?
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The Bears currently have four quarterbacks on the roster, including — most importantly — Fields. Fields is entering his second season, where the hope is he’ll take a big jump under a new coaching staff and offensive system. While Fields’ rookie season was rocky, he showed plenty of promise that should have fans excited heading into 2022.
Chicago brought in Siemian to serve as Fields’ back up, which leaves Foles the odd man out. Poles made it clear the Bears are looking to trade Foles. Whether they find a trade partner remains to be seen. At this rate, the expectation is Foles won’t be on the roster come the regular season. Willis is a prime practice squad candidate.
Who departed this offseason?
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The Andy Dalton era was a short-lived one for the Bears, and there will be no QB1 talk with Dalton heading into 2022. It wasn’t a surprise to see him depart in free agency, where he signed for significantly less money than Chicago gave him last year ($10 million). Dalton signed a one-year deal worth $3 million with New Orleans. The Bears and Saints essentially swapped back-up quarterbacks with Siemian and Dalton.
Positional need: Low
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For all intents and purposes, Fields would be the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft this year. Luckily for the Bears, they traded up to nab him with the 11th overall selection in last year’s draft, which has Chicago with its hopeful franchise quarterback in place heading into the 2022 season. For the first time in awhile, quarterback is the least of the Bears’ worries. And that has everything to do with having a talented young QB on a rookie deal in place.
Top draft prospects
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The Bears aren’t in the market for a quarterback, but they would’ve been had they not traded up for Fields last year. This quarterback class is considerably weaker than last year’s group, but there are still some intriguing names:
Malik Willis, Liberty
Kenny Pickett, Pittsburgh
Desmond Ridder, Cincinnati
Matt Corral, Ole Miss
Carson Strong, Nevada
2022 NFL draft position preview