This Chicago Bears 2023 mock draft makes sense after trade deadline

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An area the Bears need to shore up, as evidenced lately, is up front along the defensive line. In particular, the Bears have been getting gashed against the run. They are seeing just about every team obliterate their front four when it comes to the ground game. Within this scheme that Alan Williams runs, the defense depends on the front four getting pressure. However, there has been some sacrifice with the way this group was put together, and that’s come in defending the run.

Tyler Batty out of BYU is a defensive lineman who is much better against the run than he is against the pass, and mixing in these types would be beneficial to the Bears’ defense as a whole. At pick 139, the Bears get a guy who can help stop the run and struggles in straight line pursuit against the pass or in the screen game. However, Chicago has to get a variety of players up front if they want to try and stop the run, and Batty can be one of those guys.

Fans will be happy to see the Bears go offensive line once more here, drafting Kansas State’s Cooper Beebe. With the Cougars, Beebe plays tackle. However, in the NFL, he projects best as a guard. He stands 6-foot-3 with a compact, 320-pound frame. So, his lack of length is concerning if he were to play tackle, and for that reason he’s going to be much better suited at guard.

Beebe projects to best fit into a zone blocking scheme which means he will be a perfect fit in Chicago. His strength allows him to move defenders well and open gaps for his running backs. He also has a stout, strong anchor which lets him stand up well against pass rushers.

Beebe may not start right away, but his value in the fifth round is tremendous and could provide the Bears with a versatile lineman in a pinch.