We are now less than 100 days from the start of the 2022-2023 NFL season and my excitement to see this new Bears team is mounting. Of course, beyond the new coaching staff, I’m most excited about the day two rookies from this years draft class and what each of them can bring to the team. But who will have the biggest impact on their rookie year? We cannot know for sure until it’s all said and done but here’s a glimpse at what to expect.
First we have 39th overall pick CB Kyler Gordon. Gordon, a highly touted corner in his class has already shown tremendous athletic ability in both college and what we’ve seen so far in Bears’ camps. In his time at the University of Washington Gordon showed ability both in the slot and outside corner positions. His tackling is very solid and he has great ball skills. Pairing Kyler Gordon up with Jaylon Johnson will obviously put him as the CB2, which could mean a lot of passes thrown his way until he solidifies himself in this league. This high volume of looks, presumably at least to start the season, gives the young CB space to really make a big difference on the defense and team as a whole. Time to see how well he can transfer his skills and athleticism in the next level and create an elite NFL secondary.
Next we have another new member of the secondary, S Jaquan Brisker out of Penn State. Many analysts saw Brisker at 48th overall as an absolute steal for the Bears. Brisker is a very physical and aggressive safety. Tape shows great tackling and ability to shed blocks when coming up in the box as well as strong instincts in coverage. Brisker will be filling in at strong safety with Eddie Jackson remaining in his free safety position and hopefully showing a similar, if not better, one two punch as BoJack and another Penn State product in former Bear Adrian Amos. It’s this pairing that gives Brisker a good chance to make a big change for this defensive unit.
Lastly, Velus Jones Jr. from the University of Tennessee. I feel I’ve discussed Velus a lot at this point in previous articles thanks to my interest in the WR position. Velus is a extremely speedy receiver with an ability to run with ball similar to that of a running back. He can get out of tackles and once he’s in the open field good luck catching him. Now coming in likely as the WR3 he will have to compete with receivers ahead of him in Mooney and former Chief Byron Pringle. However, the scheme brought in by OC Luke Getsy should definitely help Velus make a name for himself in this revamped Bears offense.
In just a few months we will begin to see what each of these players brings to this young and developing team. Who will be this draft’s gem?