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3 Players the Bears Need to Avoid With Their Top Draft Pick

Devon Platana
Three players that the Chicago Bears need to avoid with their top draft pick.
Three players that the Chicago Bears need to avoid with their top draft pick. / Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Bears will be one team to watch as the 2022 NFL Draft is less than two weeks away. Although the Bears no longer have their first-round pick, a pair of picks in Round 2 offer solutions to help turn the franchise around.

The better of Chicago's two picks is the 39th overall selection in the second round, potentially giving the team a chance to draft a first-round talent that slipped through the cracks. At the same time, there are mistakes that the Bears must avoid making at No. 39.

Here are three players that the Bears need to avoid with their top draft pick.

Chicago Bears NFL Draft

1. Skyy Moore, WR, Western Michigan

While the Bears look for wide receiver help at the draft, one player worth avoiding is Western Michigan's Skyy Moore. Although he had an impressive 2021 campaign with 94 receptions for 1,291 yards and 10 touchdowns, there's reason to be concerned. On one hand, his size (5-foot-10, 195 pounds) may limit his NFL success. He also isn't great at separation, so he must learn to use his speed to his advantage. Add in the fact that he was unsuccessful at catching contested passes and there are more than enough reasons for the Bears to steer clear of Moore.

2. Daniel Faalele, OT, Minnesota

Reports suggest that the Bears will look to add more offensive tackle depth at the draft and it wouldn't be surprising if the 6-foot-9, 384-pound Daniel Faalele is someone they're watching. While his size is impressive, the Bears should avoid the Minnesota OT. For a big and speedy player, his pass-blocking is subpar, which could hinder Justin Fields' progress under center. On top of that, Faalele is susceptible to being caught off-balance, which is a weakness that NFL coaches will likely exploit early on. As great as Faalele could be one day, Chicago needs a less risky prospect.

3. Kyler Gordon, CB, Washington

Kyler Gordon a cornerback prospect that several teams are eyeing this year, especially due to his versatility. While that's an attractive trait, the Bears might need to pivot away from the Washington CB. One quality that most top cornerbacks have is great hands, which is something Gordon lacks. He's had his fair share of dropped balls throughout his career and recorded only two interceptions in 29 games — both coming in 2021. Like Faalele, Gordon could be more of a project pick that needs time to develop and the Bears may not be patient enough for that.

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Devon Platana is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Devon Platana also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username PepeSilvia0. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.