ESPN made an extremely encouraging prediction this week for a young Chicago Bears player.

Courtney Cronin, who covers the Bears for ESPN, thinks that cornerback Kyler Gordon, Chicago’s second-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, will have a breakout season as a rookie.

Cronin suggested that Gordon could lead the Bears in interceptions in 2022. He’d be only the third rookie in franchise history to lead the team in interceptions.

From ESPN:

The Bears’ top draft pick, Kyler Gordon, will be better than advertised. No player will notch more interceptions in training camp than the cornerback from Washington. I’ll even take it a step further and project that Gordon will carry his momentum from training camp into the season and lead the Bears in interceptions, becoming the third rookie to achieve that feat in franchise history.

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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

This would be massive for the Bears. And not so much for the 2022 season, but for the future of the franchise.

Chicago is entering a new era under head coach Matt Eberflus and general manager Ryan Poles. The hope for the Bears is to become a team that’s a force defensively and makes Sunday afternoons miserable for opposing offenses.

If Gordon can step up and make an immediate impact as a potential shutdown cornerback, it would mean the Bears have a foundational piece at one of the most important positions on the field.

Gordon will have plenty of opportunities in 2022. We’ll see if he makes the most of those opportunities. ESPN certainly thinks he will.

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