The Chicago Bears are slated to make the first overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft after some Week 18 heroics from Lovie Smith’s Houston Texans.
It was a remarkable win for the Texans on the final day of the season. With that and the Bears’ loss to the Minnesota Vikings, the first overall pick was secured.
The Bears now have this first-overall pick, the most salary cap space of any team in the NFL, and all of the cards in their hand as the league moves forward.
It is never too early to start thinking about mock drafts. In this one, Chicago trades Justin Fields to one of the bad teams that are looking for a new quarterback to build around. In the meantime, Ryan Poles drafts his own guy as well.
Round 1 – Pick One
The Chicago Bears select edge rusher Will Anderson Jr. out of Alabama.
With the first overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, the Chicago Bears select Will Anderson Jr. out of Alabama. This kid could easily be the best player in the entire draft. He would transform the entire Chicago defense if he turned out to be a very good player.
Coming from Alabama, he knows how to play in a pro-style defense against a pro-style offense. He should be able to come to town and become an impact player right away.
The Chicago Bears don’t have the defense that they once did. The pass rushers like Khalil Mack, Akiem Hicks, and Robert Quinn are all gone. Even other great players like Roquan Smith have made their way out of the door.
The whole group is looking for difference-makers now. Adding someone like Will Anderson would go a long way.