This Chicago Bears 2023 mock draft makes sense after trade deadline

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Chicago Bears, Olumuyiwa Fashanu
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Pick Analysis. OT. Penn State. 2. 806. Scouting Report. Olumuyiwa Fashanu. player

At pick 56 in the second round, the Bears get Fields some additional protection up front by going with Penn State stud offensive tackle Olumuyiwa Fashanu.

Right now, the only tackle who looks like a possible “sure thing” going into the future is Braxton Jones, this year’s fifth-round rookie. He has played well at times, while also having some learning moments. But, most agree he should be a cornerstone piece going forward.

The question becomes, who will be playing tackle alongside Jones? Is Larry Borom truly cut out for the job, or is he best suited as a reserve? Does Riley Rieff make any sense for the team beyond this year?

The lack of depth at the tackle position is alarming, and with drafting Fashanu, the Bears get a guy they can plug right in and start.

Fashanu is a 6-foot-6 tackle with excellent athleticism. He is explosive and able to get out of his stance quickly, and it’s particularly impressive when watching him have to move laterally in order to keep up with those faster edge rushers.

Being a 20-year-old rookie next year, Fashanu is exceptionally young and brings even more room to grow for years down the road.