After months of fans pining for a wide receiver in the 2022 NFL draft, the Chicago Bears granted their wish by selecting Velus Jones Jr. with their third-round pick at 71st overall.
Jones is a player still growing as a receiver, but has immense talent and speed who was a dynamic weapon for both Tennessee and USC during his lengthy collegiate career.
Jones was a stud on special teams for most of his collegiate career, scoring two return touchdowns. He finally saw extended time as a wide receiver for the Tennessee Volunteers last season, though and he ran (no pun intended) with his opportunity. Jones compiled 62 catches for 807 receiving yards and seven touchdowns during his final collegiate season.
He can be used in a variety of ways on the football field, but there’s much more to his story. Here’s five things to know about the newest Bears offensive playmaker.