The 2021 NFL season was a forgettable campaign for the Chicago Bears, with their shortcomings having a lot to do with their abysmal offense. The Bears averaged just 18.3 points per game last season, which ranked sixth-worst in the league.
Bears fans entered the offseason with hopes that their team would add some legitimate NFL wide receivers to help improve the offense. That hasn't exactly happened so far and judging by general manager Ryan Pole's latest comments about the team's draft plans, the Chicago fanbase isn't about to get any happier.
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Poles told reporters that he knows the Bears need to add wide receivers, but that he's not going to "force" selecting a wideout at the 2022 NFL Draft. He added that Chicago will be patient about the situation despite the fact that there's "a lot of panic" around the lack of depth.
The Bears lost their 2022 first-round pick when they sent it to the New York Giants last year to move up from No. 20 to No. 11 in the 2021 draft. Although not having a top-32 pick might be disheartening for some Bears fans, Poles points to a certain superstar WR that was drafted in the second round before.
"I think Davante [Adams] was taken in the second, right? So there’s talent there. It’s not always going to be like that, I get it."- Ryan Poles
Chicago currently holds picks No. 39 and 48 in the second round and even though a player of Adams' talents may not be available, Poles needs to seriously consider drafting a wideout.
A trio of Byron Pringle, Darnell Mooney and Equanimeous St. Brown simply isn't good enough to help quarterback Justin Fields reach his potential. Unless Poles wants to replicate last season's lack of success, he may have to consider taking the best wideout available.
It'll be interesting to see if Poles' strategy changes between now and the end of the month. The 2022 NFL Draft begins on Thursday, April 28 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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