CHICAGO – The Bears surprised many when they decided to take two defensive backs with both of their second-round picks. It was even more surprising considering the receivers that were still on the board at the time.

The Bears were never really supposed to “wow” anybody in this draft. They came into draft weekend with just six picks. Those six picks were without a first- and fourth-round pick, as well. But general manager Ryan Poles did the best with what he had and eventually turned those six picks into 11 picks thanks to a few trades on Day 3.

And while those extra picks are back end picks in the later rounds of the draft, the players Chicago drafted will hold in value in 2022. They are bound to provide depth and a few may even compete for some playing time.

And, who knows, the Bears may find a hidden gem or two out of the bunch.

But the problem of not taking a receiver outside of Velus Jones Jr. in the draft still remains. It’s the one decision that could haunt the Bears in 2022.

What’s being discussed now, and throughout 2022, is whether or not Fields is quarterback of the Bears’ future. In order to figure that out, Matt Eberflus and Poles have to evaluate him properly and accurately.

In order to do that, Fields needs weapons. And good weapons, at that.

And yet, they don’t really have them post-draft.

That’s why NFL.com dropped the Bears five spots in their post-draft power rankings. While the Bears added two defensive backs that will help the defense in Kyler Gordon and Jaquan Brisker, those two guys can’t immediately help Justin Fields. Jones Jr. could possibly have an impact in 2022, but he is very, very raw and will have to be coached up. There’s no telling when the light will come on for him.

NFL.com’s Dan Hanzus wrote the following about Chicago:

How confident should we be about Justin Fields and the opportunity he is getting in Chicago? The Bears saddled the quarterback with a lame-duck head coach as a rookie, then took away his No. 1 wide receiver by allowing Allen Robinson to leave for the Rams this offseason. Absent a first-round pick (that went to the Giants in the Fields draft trade last year), Chicago opted to wait until the third round in Vegas to address the offense. Perhaps Tennessee wideout Velus Jones Jr. carves out a role as a rookie, but it’s more likely Fields will be staring down a lot of blanketed receivers when he drops back to pass this fall. Give the kid a chance!

While Poles’ and Eberflus’ process should be trusted in Year 1, it’s understandable those outside the organization view the decision to forgo any type of offense in Round 2 as frustrating.

But, it’s not like Fields is completely without weapons. He showed a strong rapport with Darnell Mooney in 2021 and helped Cole Kmet catch over 60 passes for over 600 yards. At the same time, the Bears really do need to keep adding offensive playmakers.

Because Hanzus is right. Fields does need help before he even stands a chance at having the success envisioned of him when he was selected 11th overall.

You can check out Hanzus’ full power rankings, here.

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