When will the Chicago Bears vote? What do the mock drafts say? Everything you need to know about the 2022 NFL draft. – Twin Cities

General manager Ryan Poles, coach Matt Eberflus and their staff were able to spend their first draft night with the Chicago Bears on the sidelines.

The Bears don’t have a first-round draft pick Thursday after former general manager Ryan Pace traded it last year rise for Quarterback Justin Fields. So unless the poles plan another trade, the bears will spend the night watching the board develop and planning their moves for Day 2, which includes two second-round picks and one third-round pick.

Here’s what you need to know about this year’s draft.

When and where is the NFL Draft?

Round 1 begins Thursday at 7pm CT, followed by Rounds 2-3 at 6pm Friday and Rounds 4-7 at 11am Saturday.

Las Vegas — originally slated for 2020 before COVID-19 turned the design into a virtual experience — is taking the stage this year. And what a visual show it will be, with the strip anchoring the events and a red carpeted stage by the Bellagio fountains.

The main stage for the draft is located next to the Caesars Forum and behind the High Roller ferris wheel.

Portions of the Strip will be closed to vehicular traffic, which is a big deal in Vegas — usually reserved for New Year’s Eve and the city’s marathon.

When do the bears pick?

As it stands, the bears have the following choices:

  • 2nd round: No. 39
  • 2nd round: No. 48
  • 3rd round: No. 71
  • 5th round: No. 148
  • 5th round: No. 150
  • 6th round: No. 186

How can I watch – or stream – all rounds?

The draft will air Thursday through Saturday on NFL Network, ABC, ESPN and ESPN Deportes.

Rich Eisen leads the NFL Network team, which also includes Daniel Jeremiah, Charles Davis, Ian Rapoport, Melissa Stark and more.

For the first two nights on ABC, analysts and reporters covering the event will include Rece Davis, Todd McShay, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard, Sam Ponder, Jesse Palmer, Suzy Kolber, Laura Rutledge and Robert Griffin III. Mike Greenberg, Mel Kiper Jr., Louis Riddick, Booger McFarland and Chris Mortensen will headline ESPN coverage. The ESPN show will air simulcast on ABC on Saturday.

Kiper, the 61-year-old analyst who has appeared in ESPN’s draft report every year since 1984, will be based out of his home in Maryland because he is not vaccinated. NFL reporter Adam Schefter will not be covering the draft because he will be attending his son’s college graduation.

What do the mock drafts say about the bears?

Most analysts agree that the Bears will need offensive linemen, wide receivers, and cornerbacks the most as they enter the Poles’ first draft.

In Brad Biggs’ first Tribune mock drafthe suggested the Bears could pick Alabama cornerback Josh Jobe and wide receiver John Metchie III with their second-round picks. Biggs’ second mock draft sent Tulsa offensive tackle Tyler Smith and Florida cornerback Kaiir Elam to the Bears in the second round. Check back this week for Biggs’ third mock draft.

In ESPN three-round mock draft, Kiper and McShay let the Bears take on Texas A&M guard Kenyon Green, Elam and Kentucky defensive end Josh Paschal.

What have the Bears been up to with their roster this offseason?

Some of the most notable moves Poland made in his cautious in the first few months unleashed former Bears players. He Khalil Mack traded to the Los Angeles Chargersgave Allen Robinson, Akiem Hicks, James Daniels and Bilal Nichols free rein and published Eddie Goldman, Danny Trevathan and Tarik Cohen.

According to Wreck the deal with Larry Ogunjobi Due to a physical failure, Poland’s biggest signings were in the centre Luke PatrickDefensive tackle Justin Jonesdefensive end Al-Quadin Muhammadwide receiver Byron Pringlelinebacker Nicholas morning and backup quarterback Trevor Siemian. But the GM still has many roster spots to fill.

Read about all Bären moves here so far.

What have the bears been up to in recent drafts?

This will be the third time in four years that the Bears have not had a first-round pick.

Pace sacrificed the pick last year to move Fields to No. 11 and also traded for the pick offensive tackle Teven Jenkins in 39th place. Pace also traded the Bears’ first-round picks in 2019 and 2020 to acquire Mack.

The Bears’ top picks of 2020 were second-round players Cole Kmet and Jaylon Johnson as well as fifth rounders Darnell Mooney, Trevis Gipson and Kindle Vildor. In 2019, the Bears’ first pick was third-seeded David Montgomery, and the only other player from that five-person class who is still with the Bears is cornerback Duke Shelley.

Before that inside linebacker Roquan Smith, Quarterback Mitch Trubisky, outside linebacker Leonard Floyd and wide receiver Kevin White were Pace’s first four first-round picks. Smith, number 8 in 2018, is the only one of those four who is still with the team.

Any locals to be conscripted?

There are a few – but mostly in later rounds. Here are some important names to watch out for. (Predictions based on consensus of seven-round mock drafts from The Athletic, CBSSports.com, ESPN.com, NFL.com and sports news)

  • S Kyle Hamilton, Notre Dame, 1st round
  • DT Perrion Winfrey, Oklahoma (Lake Park), Aug. 1-3
  • WR Alec Pierce, Cincinnati (Glenbard West), Aug. 2-4
  • S Kerby Joseph, Illinois, 3rd-5th
  • DT John Ridgeway, Arkansas (Bloomington), 3rd-6th
  • RB Kyren Williams, Notre-Dame, 4th-5th
  • WR Kevin Austin, Notre Dame, 4-7
  • QB Jack Coan, Notre Dame, 4-7
  • LB Jack Sanborn, Wisconsin (Lake Zurich), Aug. 4–7
  • OT Vederian Lowe, Ill. (Rockford Auburn), Aug. 5-7
  • C Doug Kramer, Ill. (Hinsdale Central), 7th FA
  • LB Jake Hansen, Illinois, 7th FA
  • P Blake Hayes, Ill., 7th-FA
  • DE Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa, Notre Dame, 7.-FA
  • OT Andrew Rupcich, Culver-Stockton (McHenry), 7th FA

Is the draft back to “normal” now?

COVID-19 has disrupted the design process for the past two years.

In 2020, the NFL and its teams ran the draft virtually with general managers and Coaches work from hometown to make picks. Last year, the NFL canceled the scouting combine in the preliminary draft process and did not allow personal visits from prospects. Teams were allowed to move back into their facilities, but there were some restrictions for teams that didn’t have fully vaccinated staff.

This year the process has mostly returned to normal. The combined and in-person visits of prospects returned, and the NFL lifted its COVID-19 restrictions in March. Barring an outbreak, the Bears should be able to operate as usual from their draft room in Halas Hall.

Anything else to know?

Here are some fun NFL draft facts with a Chicago perspective:

  • Chicago hosted the celebrations in 1938, 1942-43, 1951, 1962-64 and 2015-16. Before 2015, the draft was held in New York. But after Chicago, the draft has traveled to Philadelphia, Dallas, Nashville, Tennessee and Cleveland.
  • A University of Chicago halfback was the first player selected in an NFL draft. The Eagles made Jay Berwanger their number 1 pick on February 8, 1936 during the nine-round event at the Ritz-Carlton in Philadelphia. Berwanger had won the inaugural Heisman Trophy and Chicago Tribune Silver Football as the Big Ten’s top player when the Maroons were members of the conference. But he never played a down in the NFL.

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