List of every player Bears picked in 2022 NFL Draft

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Here is who the Bears picked in the NFL Draft originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

The Chicago Bears entered the 2022 NFL Draft tied for third-fewest picks.

Thanks to some aggressive trading from general manager Ryan Poles on Day 3, the Bears made 11 picks.

Here is a list of every pick Poles made in his first draft with the Bears. Listed are the round, overall pick number, player name, position and school.

Round

Overall

Name

Position

School

2

39

Kyler Gordon

CB

Washington

2

48

Jaquan Brisker

S

Penn State

3

71

Velus Jones Jr.

WR

Tennessee

5

168

Braxton Jones

OT

Southern Utah

5

174

Dominique Robinson

DE

Miami (OH)

6

186

Zachary Thomas

OT

San Diego State

6

203

Trestan Ebner

RB

Baylor

6

207

Doug Kramer

C

Illinois

7

226

Ja'Tyre Carter

OG

Southern

7

254

Elijah Hicks

FS

Cal

7

255

Trenton Gill

P

NC State

There was some speculation the Bears might try to trade into the first round to land a wide receiver. An early run at the position might have staved that off.

Instead, the Bears made their first three picks as scheduled.

Kyler Gordon, CB, Washington

The first pick they used to land Washington cornerback Kyler Gordon. Aside from Jaylon Johnson, the Bears lacked quality players at the position and he fills an immediate need and could be an immediate starter.

Gordon didn't allow a touchdown pass in his 18 career starts and is versatile, comfortable playing on the inside and outside.

Jaquan Brisker, S, Penn State

Cornerback was a position many expected the Bears to address with one of their Day 2 picks, but safety wasn't. The Bears next pick was Penn State safety Jaquan Brisker.

The Bears needed a safety to pair with Eddie Jackson, but it was viewed as less pressing than wide receiver or offensive line. But with Brisker still sitting on the board when the Bears went on the clock, Poles couldn't resist.

And like Gordon, Brisker brings versatility to the defense as a safety. He can line up all over the field and according to PFF, he did. Over the past three seasons, Brisker took 668 snaps lined up deep, 690 snaps in the box and 332 snaps in the slot.

Velus Jones Jr., WR, Tennessee

With the Bears' lone third-round pick, Poles selected Tennessee wide receiver Velus Jones Jr.

Like the two defensive players before him, Jones is versatile. The Bears envision using Jones in a variety of offensive roles like Cordarrelle Patterson.

And Jones was the SEC Special Teams Player of the Year after returning 24 kickoffs for 628 yards and one touchdown and 18 punts for 272 yards.

Braxton Jones, OT, Southern Utah

The Bears finally drafted an offensive lineman with their first pick on Day 3. The Bears made four trades to move down and collect picks before selecting Braxton Jones of Southern Utah.

During his collegiate career, Jones allowed just three sacks on 921 sacks.

Dominique Robinson, DE, Miami (OH)

The Bears went back to the defensive side of the ball with their next pick, selecting Miami (OH) defensive end Dominique Robinson.

Robinson converted from wide receiver to defensive end during his collegiate career. In 15 games as a pass rusher between 2020 and 2021, Robinson racked up 6.5 sacks and 11 tackles for loss.

Zachary Thomas, OT, San Diego State

Poles drafted another offensive tackle in the sixth round, San Diego State's Zachary Thomas. In 12 games at left tackle, Thomas allowed three sacks and eight hurries in 382 drop backs.

Trestan Ebner, RB, Baylor

The Bears added another offensive weapon, Baylor running back Trestan Ebner.

Ebner was a first-team all Big-12 kickoff returner in 2022 and the Big 12's Special Teams Player of the Year. He will be buried on the Bears' depth chart at running back but can make an impact on special teams.

That gives the Bears two players who won returner of the year awards in their respective conferences.

Doug Kramer, C, Illinois

With the No. 207 pick in the Poles selected a Hinsdale native, Illinois center Doug Kramer.

As a senior, Kramer was named to the All-Big Ten second team. Pro Football Focus ranked Kramer the 26th-best center in the country. He also was a Campbell Trophy Semifinalist.

In 2021, Kramer allowed zero sacks and just three hurries in 388 pass block snaps.

Ja'Tyre Carter, G, Southern

Ja'Tyre Carter became the fourth offensive lineman drafted by the Bears on Day 3. Carter primarily played tackle in college but according to Bears scout Breck Ackley the team views him as a guard in the NFL.

Elijah Hicks, S, Cal

Hicks started as a cornerback, but switched to safety after the 2019 season. Last season he racked up an incredible 72 tackles in 12 games. He was also a takeaway machine, with three interceptions and four forced fumbles.

Hicks was named First-Team All-Pac-12 and was recognized as Cal’s Defensive MVP in 2021.

Trenton Gill, P, NC State

The Bears needed to replace longtime punter Pat O'Donnell, who signed with the Green Bay Packers this offseason.

Gill was a First Team All-ACC player. In 2022, Gill led the ACC with an average of 45.1 yards per punt and led the conference twice in yards per punt.

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