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The Chicago Bears currently sit at 4-10 heading into a matchup against the Seattle Seahawks, in a game that’s fairly winnable. With their Week 15 loss, the Bears were officially eliminated from playoff contention, so their season is all but over at this point.
Chicago doesn’t have a first-round pick in the 2022 NFL draft after trading it to the New York Giants to move up to acquire quarterback Justin Fields. If the season were to end today, the Bears’ draft selection would be No. 5 overall, which means the Giants currently have the fifth and sixth picks in the 2022 draft right now.
But Chicago does have a second-round selection, which means their first pick would be 37th, the fifth selection in the second round.
Here is the full first-round order for teams who are not currently not in the postseason:
Jacksonville Jaguars (2-12)
Detroit Lions (2-11-1)
Houston Texans (3-11)
New York Jets (3-11)
New York Giants (via CHI) (4-10)
New York Giants (4-10)
Carolina Panthers (5-9)
New York Jets (via SEA) (5-9)
Atlanta Falcons (6-8)
Washington Football Team (6-8)
Philadelphia Eagles (via MIA) (7-7)
Philadelphia Eagles (7-7)
Denver Broncos (7-7)
New Orleans Saints (7-7)
Cleveland Browns (7-7)
Las Vegas Raiders (7-7)
Pittsburgh Steelers (7-6-1)
Baltimore Ravens (8-6)
The Bears have a slew of draft needs, including wide receiver, offensive line and cornerback. But they’re not going to have a whole lot of draft capital to do it. Chicago has just two picks in the first four rounds — a second and third. After that, the Bears have two fifth-round and one sixth-round selection.
As for whether general manager Ryan Pace will be making those picks, we’ll have to wait and see. While Matt Nagy’s fate is all but sealed, Pace’s future is still up-in-the-air.