CHICAGO – The Bears need upgrades on both sides of the ball, but it was still a big surprise to see them go strictly defense with both picks in the second round of the draft.

The Bears finally got Justin Fields some help with the No. 71 pick in the draft when they took former Tennessee Vol Velus Jones Jr. with the pick. Jones Jr. should immediately step in as one of the top receivers in the rotation and will add a dynamic element to the return game.

The latter is especially important considering the fact that Ryan Poles let Jakeem Grant Sr. walk in free agency. Grant had good success as the Bears’ returner in 2021, evidenced by his Pro Bowl nod and one punt return for a touchdown.

Jones Jr. is a blazer who also has great size and good enough hands. He needs to work on his route tree and draft experts like The Athletic’s Dane Brugler had him pegged as a fifth-round talent. He’ll also be 25-years-old when the season starts, so it’s fair to question the pick, at the end of the day.

However, the one aspect that cannot be questioned about this pick is that the Bears finally gave Fields some help through the draft. But at the same time, how effective that help is in 2022 remains to be seen.

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