The Chicago Bears have an under-the-radar player who could be in for a breakout season from “out of nowhere”.

Chris Trapasso, an NFL writer for CBS Sports, suggested this week that Bears cornerback Thomas Graham Jr could have a big year in 2022.

From CBS Sports:

Graham was at or near the top of my PSPR rankings for nearly his entire rookie campaign then erupted in Week 16 with three pass breakups against the Vikings. A slot corner by size but an intimidating, in-your-face perimeter corner by play style, Graham is a magnet to the football. He had eight interceptions and 32 pass breakups in three seasons at Oregon.

The Bears have invested heavily in their secondary of late and the infusion of talent in the secondary backfield will help to bolster Graham’s effectiveness as a multi-dimensional corner in his second NFL season.

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Aug 21, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bears cornerback Thomas Graham Jr. (27) evades the tackle of Buffalo Bills offensive tackle Bobby Hart (68) during the second half at Soldier Field. The Buffalo Bills won 41-15. Mandatory Credit: Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports

Graham is a former Oregon standout who was selected by Chicago in the sixth round of the 2021 NFL Draft.

The California native only played in four games last season for the Bears, but he showed what he’s capable of doing when he made his NFL debut in Chicago’s week 15 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

Graham played every defensive snap against the Vikings while compiling seven tackles and making three pass breakups.

For now, Graham is slated for a backup role in the Bears’ defense. Injuries, however, are inevitable. If Graham gets a chance at some extended playing time, it’s certainly possible that he could become a long-term fixture in Chicago’s defense. He just needs an opportunity to shine.

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