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2023 Bears mock draft: Submit-Roquan commerce version

The Bears have made their rebuilding plans completely clear over the previous few weeks, with each Roquan Smith and Robert Quinn having been traded.

These strikes clearly mark a giant blow to Chicago’s protection within the brief run, however given the draft capital they acquired and the monetary freedom they’re going to have going ahead, Ryan Poles could have loads of possibilities to construct a roster in his picture.

With extra draft capital comes extra possibilities to interrupt down 2023 NFL Draft prospects, which makes me fairly blissful. I am a sucker for actually something draft-related, so whereas buying and selling Quinn and Smith have been tough for me in that I like each gamers, I recognize the chance to construct by way of the draft.

Right here is my newest 7-round mock draft for the Bears after the brand new draft picks they’ve acquired.

Spherical 1: Peter Skoronski, OT, Northwestern

I’ve gone with a large receiver-heavy strategy in Spherical 1 of most of my mocks, however I figured I might buck the development right here a bit. Skoronski is as rock strong as they arrive and has the soccer IQ, method, uncooked energy and athleticism wanted to undertaking as a Professional Bowl offensive lineman.

Spherical 2: Kayshon Boutte, WR, LSU

His manufacturing in 2022 has been up and down, therefore his falling down the board. Nevertheless, Boutte’s uncooked expertise is unattainable to disregard. He is an explosive receiver who has the scale, athleticism, ball expertise, route-running savvy and talent after the catch to develop right into a star within the NFL.

Spherical 2 (through Ravens): Jaquelin Roy, DL, LSU

The Bears’ defensive entrance would require funding this offseason, and including a participant like Roy to their inside line of defense might go a good distance. He is an explosive 3-technique defensive deal with with a elegant arsenal of hand strategies who can rush the passer and eat up gaps towards the run effectively.

Spherical 3: John Michael Schmitz, C, Minnesota

Schmitz performs a place that usually would not go early in drafts, and he’ll be 24 years previous when he will get drafted. That mentioned, he is been the perfect middle in faculty soccer this yr, and I do not understand how shut the second-best man has been. He is a leverage technician with nice spatial consciousness and excellent physique management on the level of assault.

Spherical 4: Kenny McIntosh, RB, Georgia

Good friend of WCG Johnathan Wooden from DaBearsBlog tweeted out an attention-grabbing graphic that showcased Khalil Herbert’s superiority to David Montgomery within the operating sport, nevertheless it additionally confirmed that Herbert has struggled on passing downs.

If the Bears don’t re-sign Montgomery, they might want so as to add a again who can block and catch passes to amplify Herbert’s strengths. McIntosh is an even bigger again at 6-foot-1 and 210 kilos, however he is a soft-handed receiver who has 29 receptions by way of 8 video games this yr, he can block effectively out of the backfield, and he is additionally a troublesome runner with above- common contact steadiness.

Spherical 4 (through Eagles): Ivan Tempo Jr., LB, Cincinnati

Tempo is smaller for a linebacker at about 6 toes flat, however he appears to be a prospect who would match effectively within the Bears’ system. He’s a tenacious run defender with a red-hot motor, good downhill pace and a fast processor within the field. He is additionally a dominant blitzing possibility with nice hand utilization as a pass-rusher and seven sacks with 16 tackles for a loss by way of 8 video games in 2022.

Spherical 5: Jaheim Bell, TE, South Carolina

Versatility is the secret with Bell, who can take reps as an in-line tight finish, an ‘F’ tight finish, a fullback, a operating again, and as a large receiver. Although severely underused at South Carolina, he is an athletic weapon with a thick body, good ball expertise and energy after the catch. The tight finish screens that Luke Getsy often runs would go loopy with somebody as explosive as Bell.

Spherical 5 (through Ravens): Eyabi Okie, EDGE, Michigan

Previously often called Eyabi Anoma, Okie has bounced round faculty soccer, taking part in for the likes of Alabama, Houston and UT Martin earlier than transferring to Michigan. The previous five-star recruit has taken on a rotational position off the sting for the Wolverines, however he is a freak athlete at 6-foot-6 and 270 kilos with absurd explosiveness and a bodily edge. As uncooked as he could also be, that is a participant price taking a shot on.

Spherical 7: Keilahn Harris, WR, Oklahoma Baptist

When taking a look at a Division II prospect, you need somebody who has dominated his competitors. That is the case with Harris, who has had 70 catches for 902 yards and seven touchdowns by way of 9 video games this yr. He exploded for 92 catches, 1,084 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2021, as effectively. He is a fluid athlete with unfastened hips, good deep pace and expertise as each a kick and punt returner.

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