The Chicago Bears had to wait until Friday to make their first pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, but they made it count.

Chicago selected Washington cornerback Kyler Gordon with the No. 39 overall pick.

Here’s the draft profile on Gordon from

Cornerback who comes with an elite, high-performance engine but a GPS still in the process of loading. Gordon’s dynamic athletic qualities will show up in testing, but more importantly, they are all over his tape. His blend of play strength and explosive burst affects the passing game from press, off-man and zone coverages. He plays with an alpha demeanor and hitting is definitely part of his overall package. Gordon lacks polish and needs to play with better route recognition and anticipation, but if those elements click, his ball production could be near the top of the league as one of the top playmakers in the game.

Nov 26, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Washington Huskies defensive back Kyler Gordon (2) participates in pregame warmups against the Washington State Cougars at Alaska Airlines Field at Husky Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports Bears

Gordon shouldn’t have been available for the Bears at No. 39, but Chicago was able to take advantage of a mistake from the Tennessee Titans.

The Titans selected Auburn cornerback Roger McCreary with the No. 35 overall pick (the first cornerback selected in the second round).

McCreary is a fine player, but Gordon was higher in most rankings. Numerous draft analysts viewed Gordon and Clemson’s Andrew Booth as the top two available cornerbacks on day two. And then there was a gap between those two and McCreary.

The Titans’ loss, however, is the Bears’ gain.

Teams can never have too many cornerbacks. And Chicago landed one that likely would’ve been a day one pick if not for his subpar combine performance (which teams tend to put too much stock in).

Ryan Poles officially passed his first test as the Bears’ general manager.

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