Chicago Bears Mock Draft: 2 trades, key position cemented, picks added

Chicago Bears, Ryan Poles (Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports)
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Chicago Bears, Darnell Wright
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The moves have slowed down a bit for the Chicago Bears, similar to the majority of teams right now as the league prepares for the 2023 NFL Draft in just a couple of weeks.

General manager Ryan Poles has a myriad of options ahead of him in this year’s draft, as the Bears currently hold the no. 9 pick after moving down from no. 1 a month ago. Still, many believe Poles and the Bears are far from done moving around.

Some even believe Chicago could move up, but the situation would have to be perfect, and value tremendous.

The best-case scenario for the Bears is that a quarterback is on the board at no. 9 overall. If that comes to fruition, then Poles is in business. In this most recent mock draft, Poles and the Bears make a pair of moves to solidify positions of need.

Ryan Poles and the Chicago Bears move back with the Washington Commanders in this 2023 NFL mock draft

The Washington Commanders need a quarterback, and no, Sam Howell and Jacoby Brissett do not appear as the obvious answer to the situation at hand. Because of that, Ron Rivera’s squad trades up for their man, who just might end up being one of Will Levis or Anthony Richardson.

Chicago moves back to pick no. 16 while netting a second rounder and a fifth rounder this year, and also sends the Commanders a sixth rounder next year.

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One of the more recent draft risers has been offensive tackle Darnell Wright out of Tennessee, and the Bears take him here at 16. A true right tackle, Wright has the perfect size at 6-foot-5 and 330 pounds. He’s an absolute mauler for a tackle, and loves to bulldoze his way through run blocks. This is necessary for a team like Chicago, one that will run it down teams’ throats.

Wright’s best quality is, by far, his strength and size. He’s able to hold off opposing power rushers with ease. Athletically, he’s not as stout as some of the other tackles in this draft. But, protecting Fields’ right side is going to require less athleticism than his blind side, so Wright won’t be a detriment by any means.

He comes in and immediately solidifies the offensive line, giving the Bears five should-be starters, and allowing the team to move along and draft best player available at every other area of the draft.