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NFL DRAFT: Scouting the Bears 2022 Draft Picks

A full breakdown of each Bears selection in the 2022 NFL Draft. Get your scouting report for the Bears 2022 draft picks.
Chicago Bears Draft Picks 2022 Scouting Report

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Below, you can find in-depth scouting profiles for the Chicago Bears 2022 draft picks. Prospects are listed in order of where they were drafted. Prospect details were accumulated from the following sources:

Additionally, big board rankings are based on the average of 13 big boards. More detail on those numbers can be found in my Top 50 Prospects article or in the On Tap Sports Net 2022 NFL Draft Guide.

Second-Round Draft Picks

Pick No. 39 - CB Kyler Gordon

Bears Draft pick Kyler Gordon

Photo: Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times

Background

Growing up in the Seattle area, Kyler Gordon began martial arts and competitive dance at a young age. At the age of four, he began learning kung fu. A year later, he started to train in ballet, jazz, hip-hop, and lyrical dance. For a four-year span, Kyler committed 20 hours a week to dance classes. At eight years old, he earned the nickname "Mr. Spotlight" after moonwalking at the Spotlight Dance Cup national finals in California. But then, at nine years old, he found football.

“When he got to the field, I’ll never forget it. They’re like, ‘Where’s this kid been?’ I’m like, ‘He’s a dancer. He’s been in dance.’”

- Kyler Gordon's mother, Evamarie Gordon; h/t Mike Vorel / The Seattle Times

Despite adding football to his list of activities, Gordon continued to dance. He joined the Seattle Storm's hip hop dance group the same year he began playing football. The thing about Gordon's athleticism that makes him so universally impressive is his flexibility and body control. He has the ability to make every motion look fluid and effortless.

By the time high school came around, Gordon was no longer new to football. He played multiple positions including cornerback, safety, and wide receiver. After playing varsity reps in his freshman year, Gordon earned first-team all-conference honors as a sophomore. In his junior season, the team went undefeated on their way to a state championship with Gordon earning all-area recognition. As a senior, he earned all-state recognition as both a WR and a DB while being named the Conference Offensive MVP.

College Career

Ranking as the No. 19 CB in the 2018 recruiting class, Gordon received offers from Oregon, Stanford, USC, and Notre Dame before settling on the Washington Huskies. In his college career, he was named honorable mention All-Pac 12 twice and first-team All-Pac 12 in 2021.

At Washington, Gordon was only a full-time starter for one season (2021). After redshirting in 2018, he was named a starter on the outside entering the 2019 season. However, after the first four games, he was benched in favor of Trent McDuffie. He only played 164 defensive snaps in the remaining nine games while also contributing on special teams.

In 2020, he had to work his way back up the depth chart. The team only played four games in the pandemic-shortened season, but Gordon had re-earned a starting role before the fourth game. With a full season back on the table for 2021, he was back in a starting role on the outside while also playing 18% of his snaps in the slot.

Summary

From a physical standpoint, Gordon has high-end athletic traits. He is able to cut on a dime and jump out of the stadium due to an explosive twitch in his reactionary movement. While he is below average in the 40-yard dash and slightly below average in the 10-yard split, his agility and explosiveness offset his lack of ideal speed.

On the grass, he showed improvement in his mental processing in 2021. He was more decisive to read and react, although he still has a way to go in dissecting keys and being prepared for different types of route runners. With his dancing background, it is no surprise that he plays with clean and efficient footwork. Although, his coverage awareness and technique will need to continue to grow as he enters the league.

In run support, Gordon is an aggressive downhill tackler who enjoys the physical aspect of the game. Overall, his fluid athleticism, explosiveness, body control, versatility, and mental toughness point to a player who has the tools to start in the NFL.

Stats to Know

Kyler Gordon College Stats and Snap Counts

Kyler Gordon College Stats and Snap Counts

  • Here, we want to focus on 2019 and 2021. Because Gordon only played 134 defensive snaps in 2020, the stats there are not as reliable.
  • In 2021, Gordon broke out in a big way. He was the least targeted CB on the Washington defense, which included 2022 first-round pick Trent McDuffie. While McDuffie was targeted on 12.2% of his coverage snaps, Gordon was only targeted on 11.3% of his coverage snaps.
  • Where Gordon did not come close to or exceed McDuffie’s production was in yards per reception. While Gordon was above average here, he did not come close to replicating McDuffie’s 6.9 yards per reception.
  • In the slot, Gordon was not as good statistically as he was on the outside. From the slot, he allowed 60% completion and 11.1 yards per reception. On the outside, he only allowed 44% completion. While his yards per reception were higher on the outside, the difference in completion percentage is enough to believe that he was better suited on the outside.

Pick No. 48 - Jaquan Brisker

Bears Draft pick Jaquan Brisker

Photo: Joseph Cress/Iowa City Press-Citizen

Background

Born in Pittsburgh, PA, Jaquan Brisker was one of eight children growing up. As a 12-year-old kid, Brisker would attend his older brother's football practices at Gateway High School. The waterboy couldn't help but try to insert himself into the practice drills though.

“He was always an athletic kid and a kid who wanted to be around football. He would come to practice with his older brothers and just help out, just be around, be a sponge. You love football when you’re just hanging around it all day, every day.”

- Terry Smith, former Gateway HS Head Coach; h/t Jerry DiPaola / The Tribune Review

In high school, he played three seasons on the varsity squad at WR, CB, S, and PR. When Brisker was a sophomore in 2015, his older brother was shot and killed. The tragic event had a major impact on Jaquan, as his grades and attendance at school became an issue in his final two years. As a senior, Brisker was held out of multiple games due to academic eligibility, including a playoff loss. Despite missing multiple games, he still earned team MVP and first-team all-section recognition.

College Career

Ranking as a three-star CB recruit in the 2017 recruiting class, Brisker did garner some Power 5 interest. However, due to his lack of focus on academics, the major school offers never came. While he could have accepted an offer to grayshirt at Toledo, he decided to go the JUCO route instead. Going on to be a two-year starter at Lackawanna Community College, Brisker was considered to be the top JUCO safety recruit and the No. 12 JUCO player in the country overall.

Brisker committed to Penn State over offers from Alabama, Ole Miss, Utah, Pitt, and Iowa State, among others. Because Penn State was where he had always dreamed of playing, it was an easy decision for him. In his career at Penn State, he was named third-team All-Big Ten in 2020, first-team All-Big Ten, and second-team All-American in 2021. Additionally, he was named a team captain for the 2021 season and graduated with his degree in communications.

Summary

Starting for the last two seasons at Penn State, Brisker played in the box, the slot, and the post. His multidimensional impact was easy to see on the field and in the locker room. While he can cover ground on the back end, Brisker is at his best when he comes down in the box and is allowed to attack the line of scrimmage. Bringing a physical demeanor, Brisker is a competitor on the field.

From an athletic standpoint, Brisker is explosive and agile with average speed for the position. While he is on the lighter side, his height is about average. He stays alert in coverage, reading pass concepts and reacting instinctively. Where he really thrives is coming downhill against the run. Brisker has strong hands to work off blocks and likes to shake things up as a downhill tackler. Additionally, he has not committed a single penalty in the past two seasons.

Although, limitations do exist. Brisker is a little tight in his hip turn. This will limit his ability to recover from misreads. While he is explosive against the run, the same explosiveness does not always show when planting in coverage. As a deep safety, he can get hyper-focused on the backfield, losing the action happening around him. Despite being an aggressive downhill tackler in run support, he needs to find more consistency in wrapping up as a tackler.

Stats to Know

Jaquan Brisker College Stats and Snap Counts

Jaquan Brisker College Stats and Snap Counts

  • Jaquan Brisker was one of the least targeted safeties in college football in 2021. Although, he was targeted more than average in 2020.
  • Additionally, he had the most forced incompletions per target among FBS and FCS safeties in 2021. Meaning that when he was targeted, he was forcing incompletions.
  • On a per-target basis, Brisker has been above average at making coverage stops over the last two seasons. Coverage stops are tackles after a completion that prevent the offense from achieving a successful play (45% of yards on 1st down, 60% of yards on 2nd down, 100% of yards on 3rd and 4th down).
  • Over the last two years, he has performed above average in run stops per run defense snap.

Third-Round Draft Picks

Pick No. 71 - WR/KR/PR Velus Jones Jr.

Bears Draft pick Velus Jones Jr.

Photo: USA Today

Background

Velus Jones was born in Mobile, AL and grew up in the Mobile area. He began playing football at the age of four years old. At the high school level, Jones earned a starting WR role on the varsity squad in his sophomore season. In both of the following two seasons, he earned first-team all-state recognition. Additionally, he placed second in the state of Alabama for 100-meter hurdles as a senior.

College Career

Jones was ranked as the No. 79 WR in the 2016 recruiting class. He considered offers from Georgia, Florida, Michigan, Oklahoma, and Tennessee before committing to USC. However, before Velus could step on the field for the Trojans, head coach Steve Sarkisian left the program. Because of this, Jones re-opened his recruitment and considered Tennessee before deciding to stay at USC.

After redshirting his freshman year at USC, Jones played in 14 games in 2017. Most of those snaps came on special teams. In 2018, he gained a larger role in the offense and started four games. In March 2019, Jones chose to enter the transfer portal to be closer to home. Because his grandfather had recently suffered a stroke, he felt a need to be closer to his family.

However, his NCAA waiver to play immediately was denied and he returned to USC for the 2019 season. Oddly enough, Jones' offensive usage at USC took a nosedive in 2019, as his snap count was a quarter of what he played in 2018. Despite the lack of offensive snaps, he still earned second-team All-Pac 12 recognition as a kick return man.

Entering the portal again in 2020, he chose to transfer to Tennessee. At Tennessee, Jones saw a limited offensive role in 2020 but followed that up with a featured role in 2021 while receiving multiple honors for his special teams production. Jones graduated with his degree from USC in sociology in 2019. Additionally, he has earned his masters degree in agricultural leadership, education, and communications from Tennessee.

Summary

Over the last two seasons, Jones has started at WR in Tennessee’s high-tempo spread offense. Additionally, he continued an excellent track record as a kick return man while adding punt returns to his resume. This came after four seasons of up-and-down offensive usage at USC that cannot help but leave you wondering why he did not see more snaps.

Boasting top-end speed with good ball carrier vision, strength, and balance as a runner, Jones brings some big-time traits to the table. Additionally, he is an angry runner who is sure to be mentioned on Kyle Brandt’s “Angry Runs” segment sometime soon. Jones is more fluid than his agility testing would suggest and has the ability to shake defenders as a ball carrier.

Despite having top-tier burst and speed, Jones does not show strong setup skills in his routes to separate from sticky man defenders. He solely relies on his speed, which does not track as well in his routes as it does as a ball carrier. His stiff hips limit his ability to sink into breaks, making him more of a straight-line threat. While he does show some tempo in his vertical routes, he will need to refine that as well as his pattern technique to continue his upward-trending production.

Stats to Know

Velus Jones Jr. College Stats and Snap Counts

Velus Jones Jr. College Stats and Snap Counts

  • Only three seasons of qualifying WR production despite five years of roster availability.
  • Jones was the first player in FBS history to produce 700 receiving yards, 500 kick return yards, and 200 punt return yards in a single season.
  • Despite his athletic traits, he has below average deep and intermediate target production.
  • 80% of his receptions, 68% of his targets, and 51% of his yards in 2021 came within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage. The college WR average in these stats were 52%, 55%, and 38%, respectively.
  • In his career, he has primarily been used in the slot role on offense (63% of his offensive snaps). Narrowing that down to 2021, he was almost exclusively in the slot (82% of his offensive snaps).
  • Jones is largely unproven in contested catch situations. Even though he has caught contested targets at a clip of 40%, only 10% of his targets have been contested.

5th Round Draft Picks

Pick No. 168 - OL Braxton Jones

Bears Draft Pick Braxton Jones

Photo: Southern Utah University Athletics

Background

Braxton Jones grew up about 10 miles outside of Salt Lake City, UT. In high school, his first focus was basketball, followed by football. In both his junior and senior seasons, Jones earned team offensive MVP and all-region recognition while playing along the offensive line and defensive line.

College Career

Coming out of high school, Jones was ranked the No. 248 offensive tackle prospect in the country. Most of the recruiting interest was from Division II schools until Southern Utah reached out late in his senior season. After redshirting in 2017, Jones saw limited game action at left tackle and right tackle in 2018. Going into the 2019 season, he was entrenched as the starter at left tackle. From 2019-2021, Jones started 28 games at left tackle and earned first-team All-American recognition twice, first-team All-Big Sky recognition twice.

Braxton graduated with his degree in Marketing. He is only the fourth player to ever be drafted out of Southern Utah.

“Obviously a lot of people were like, you can transfer and go to a big school, right? I was like, yeah, but I have loyalty within Southern Utah, and to finish out there was just amazing. It also gives my teammates a little boost and confidence as well, to be like, yeah, I can do this.”

- Braxton Jones on staying loyal to Southern Utah; h/t Dana Greene / ABC4 Sports

Summary

Playing primarily left tackle in Southern Utah’s balanced offensive attack, Jones was a constant bright spot for the struggling program. He possesses a projectable frame with top-tier length. That length does not bog him down though, as he has requisite quickness to answer speed off the edge. His athleticism allows him to redirect and adjust in space. In the run game, he has the foot speed to hit reach blocks or climb off combo blocks and can get out on the move. Jones is a fierce competitor on the field, and a studious worker off it.

But it is not all sunshine and roses. His height and length are an asset, but they tend to put him in upright positions that make it hard for him to find leverage. This is especially noticeable in his anchor, which is lacking. Some added mass would do him well, and his frame appears to be able to support the extra weight. There are times when he forgets to bring his feet with him and ends up lunging rather than driving. Additionally, he will need to refine his hand fighting technique and hand placement to live up to his potential.

In the last two years, Jones has made strides as a pass blocker while maintaining a high pedigree as a run blocker. He has natural traits in pass pro, with quick feet, good balance, and excellent length. While he still has some bad habits that were masked by his level of competition, he has the tools to be an NFL starter.

Stats to Know

Braxton Jones College Stats and Snap Counts

Braxton Jones College Stats and Snap Counts

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