These 3 late picks could make immediate impact for the Chicago BearsRyan Heckmanon May 1, 2022 at 9:30 pm

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As the 2022 NFL Draft went into full swing, things did not start out as planned for the Chicago Bears — or so many thought.

With their first picks coming at no. 39 and no. 48 in the second round, a lot of fans wanted the Bears to go wide receiver or offensive line with at least one of those selections. Instead, general manager Ryan Poles went defense, selecting cornerback Kyler Gordon and safety Jaquan Brisker.

In the third round, with plenty of talented receivers still on the board, Poles went an unconventional route by picking Tennessee wide receiver Velus Jones Jr., who will be an interesting chess piece for this offense.

Then, on Day 3, things got far more interesting. Poles and the Bears traded back multiple times to end up with a whopping eight picks in the final three rounds combined.

A few of the Chicago Bears’ late picks in the 2022 NFL Draft could make an immediate impact.

Typically, Day 3 is where teams look for value and try to find guys who will be able to make the roster and eventually contribute down the line. However, Poles was able to find some phenomenal value — higher than most would have thought — in some of these picks.

In fact, there are three guys, in particular, who could see the field in an important way from the get-go.

On a roster that featured plenty of holes still going into Day 3, Poles found several players who will be able to come in and provide needed competition in key areas like offensive line. But, he also found more than just depth pieces.

Poles found a few particular players who can and will come in to provide instant playing time and give the Bears added talent in specific areas. These three later picks are going to turn some heads this summer, and as rookies.

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