The Bears bolstered their secondary with the addition of CB Kyler Gordon in the NFL draft. Get to know the newest Bear.
The Chicago Bears bolstered their secondary on Friday evening when they selected Washington cornerback Kyler Gordon with their first pick of the 2022 NFL draft at 39th overall. Gordon was regarded as one of the top 10 cornerbacks in the draft.
Gordon enters a secondary that was consistently picked on in 2021, allowing deep completions and missing tackles far too often. He’ll be on the fast track to being a starter opposite Jaylon Johnson after a productive collegiate career. The Huskie standout totaled two interceptions last season with 45 total tackles, including two for a loss. He also had one forced fumble on the year.
But there is much more to Gordon than just his collegiate stats. Here are five things to know about Kyler Gordon.
Following the NFL Scouting Combine, here’s our second Bears mock draft of the season, where Chicago addresses some important needs.
The Chicago Bears have a vital offseason ahead of them where new general manager Ryan Poles has some big decisions to make with the roster.
During his introductory press conference, Poles stressed the importance of building through the NFL draft. But it’s going to be challenging, given the Bears have just five draft selections this year. Not to mention, they’re without a first-round pick after trading it to move up and acquire Justin Fields last year.
With a plethora of needs ranging from wide receiver to offensive line to defensive back, Ryan Poles has plenty of work to do with this roster.
Following the NFL Scouting Combine, here’s our updated seven-round Bears mock draft of the season:
Here’s what Bears QB Justin Fields’ former Ohio State teammates had to say about their former college QB.
There’s a lot of excitement about Bears quarterback Justin Fields heading into his second NFL season. Fields had a tough rookie year, which included being among the most-sacked quarterbacks and handcuffed by the coaching staff.
But this year will serve as a fresh start for Fields, who will be learning a new offense with offensive coordinator Luke Getsy. More importantly, new general manager Ryan Poles will look to maximize Fields’ development by adding playmakers at wide receiver and offensive linemen to keep him upright.
Fields has been lauded for his athleticism, work ethic and star power, including from his former teammates at Ohio State.
During the 2022 NFL Scouting Combine, Fields’ former Ohio State teammates, including top wide receiver prospects Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave, had plenty to say about their college QB.
What would Hutchinson going No. 1 mean for the Detroit Lions at No. 2 overall?
The No. 2 pick in the 2022 NFL draft belongs to the Detroit Lions, and there seems very little inclination by the Lions to try and trade up for the No. 1 pick. That means that the Jacksonville Jaguars control the player availability at No. 2 by what they do with the No. 1 pick.
In his NFL scouting combine wrap-up for FMIA, NBC Sports’ Peter King opined that he believes Michigan EDGE Aidan Hutchinson will be the Jaguars’ choice for the top spot. In a subheading titled, “Aidan Hutchinson exits Indy as the odds-on favorite to be the top pick”, King notes,
I don’t believe Jags GM Trent Baalke and coach Doug Pederson will be unduly swayed by combine tests. But the tape says a lot about Hutchinson’s raw power and instincts and drive. His college production (30.5 tackles-for-loss plus sacks last season) has made some scouts compare him to former NFL edge player Jared Allen, who put up 136 sacks in 12 NFL season. Their on-field zeal is certainly comparable.
Invoking Jared Allen, a 4-time All-Pro who posted a peak of 89.5 sacks in six seasons in his prime, is a very fitting note for Hutchinson. Allen was a 6-foot-6, 270-pound power-to-speed player with outstanding agility and a relentless motor. All those qualities are often mentioned with Hutchinson as well. But Allen also had short arms for his height and for the position and made it work, something Hutchinson will have to do at the NFL level, too.
Hutchinson’s lack of arm length became a big topic of combine week. At 6-foot-7, his arm length of 32 1/8″ is quite small. Allen measured in at just 32 inches at 6-foot-6 back at the combine in 2004. Hutchinson topped Allen’s workout numbers in every metric, too.
What that means for the Lions
While some other names, notably Oregon EDGE Kayvon Thibodeaux, get projected to Detroit at No. 2, Hutchinson is the consensus choice of pre-combine mock drafts for the Lions. If he’s gone, it opens the door for GM Brad Holmes to explore different positions, including quarterback (Malik Willis) or safety/LB (Kyle Hamilton). Georgia DL Travon Walker threw his name into the hat with an outstanding athletic display, and Thibodeaux will still get mentions as well despite choosing not to work out.
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Which prospects made the most of their trip to Indianapolis for this year’s NFL Scouting Combine?
The 2022 NFL Scouting Combine is officially in the books, and this year’s draft class showed off an incredible combination of speed and athleticism.
While there may have been a handful of players who didn’t quite live up to the hype this week in Indianapolis, the vast majority of the surprises were pleasant, as top prospects and sleepers alike made a positive impression on league scouts and decision-makers.
Who made the most of their trip to Lucas Oil Stadium this week?
Here are our picks for the biggest winners from this year’s event: