NFL waiver claims 2022: Tyler Johnson to the Texans leads top 5 pickups

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Top NFL waiver claims: Alex Leatherwood, OL, Chicago Bears

Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. Alex Leatherwood. 4. player. 57. OL. Bears

The Chicago Bears have been in desperation mode to figure out a competent starting five for the offensive line for some time now. They have made a number of additions over the past two offseasons and recently changed Teven Jenkins’ position to guard to find a home for him. Although it hasn’t been the prettiest assembly of an offensive line you’ll see, the Bears are at least doing what they can and getting creative.

Fate dealt them an interesting hand when the Raiders cut 2021 first-round pick Alex Leatherwood. The Bears will inherit the remaining three years of Leatherwood’s rookie contract, but that’s really a non-issue at this point. The fact that they were able to get a 2021 first-round pick off the waiver wire is pretty rare, and for a team in Chicago’s position, it’s a risk that is absolutely worth taking.

Although the Raiders didn’t value Leatherwood and cut him loose, he’s still a young player that could find a home in Chicago, even if it’s not as a tackle. I like this pickup for the Bears.

Top NFL waiver claims: Jamycal Hasty, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars

Jamycal Hasty. Jaguars. 5. player. 52. Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. RB

The Jacksonville Jaguars, along with the Chicago Bears, made a bunch of waiver claims in this period to try and upgrade their depth and special teams. Although the Jaguars are going to rely a ton on Travis Etienne this year coming off of injury, they clearly needed to fortify their running back depth with two guys having health concerns.

Jamycal Hasty has been with the San Francisco 49ers for the past couple of years and has done some nice things for them as a runner and receiver, including catching 23 passes last season. He brings some depth to the Jaguars’ running back stable as well as special teams ability where he played over 100 snaps last season.