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2023 NFL Mock Draft: Bears Trade Back for Georgia DT Jalen Carter

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All eyes will be on the Bears as the NFL waits to see what happens to the No. 1 pick in the draft over the next three months.

The most likely course would be for general manager Ryan Pauls to stick with Justin Fields at quarterback and trade down a few spots. You might even be able to trade back again somewhere in the 4th-7th-10th range.

Assuming they signed a contract with the Colts, here’s the 2023 mock draft:

1. Colts (trade with Bears) — Alabama QB Bryce Young
Colts general manager Chris Ballard said he would “do whatever it takes” to get the quarterback, feeling enthusiasm from owner Jim Irsay. Earns a first-round pick and drops back to fourth place.

2. Texans — Kentucky QB Will Levis
Levis wasn’t as prolific during college as CJ Stroud at Ohio State, but scouts liked his skill set and may predict him as a better pro than Stroud.

3. Cardinals — Alabama DE Will Anderson
This would be an ideal player for the Bears to land on, but the Cardinals also need help with pass rushes.Anderson was 3412 3 season sack.

4. Bears (traded with Colts) — Georgia DT Jalen Carter
Even after missing Anderson, the Bears still get a game-changing player. It’s a vital position in the defense of Matt Eberflus and Alan Williams — remember their $40.5 million offer to Larry Ogunjobi? — and Carter was by far the best in college football.

5. Raiders (trade with Seahawks) — Ohio State QB CJ Stroud
The Seahawks will likely stick with Genno Smith after the Pro Bowl season, and the Raiders are already in despair mode. This deal works for both sides.

6. Lions — Notre Dame Cathedral TE Michael Mayer
The Lions also seem to think Jared Goff is fine at quarterback given how he’s played this season and are in need of a replacement for him after trading TJ Hockenson to the Vikings. There is

7. Seahawks (traded with Raiders) — Clemson DT Bryan Bresee
The Seahawks gave up the same 4.9-yard carry as the Bears last season and should start addressing that issue soon.

8. Falcons — Texas Tech DE Tyree Wilson
Too many teams need a quarterback for the Falcons to get one of the top contenders. They’d better wait to bottom out this season and see if he gets Caleb Williams from USC next year.

9. Panthers — TCU WR Quentin Johnston
If the Bears receive a good offer to trade back twice, they should look to this range for Johnston. Putting him alongside Chase Claypool and Darnell Mooney will ultimately give them the top receiver legion.

10. Jets (traded with Eagles) — Northwestern OT Peter Skolonski
Skoronski would be Northwestern’s first top 10 pick since tackle Chris Hinton was selected No. would be another consideration for the Bears.

11. Titans — OT Paris Johnson Jr., Ohio
It’s hard to tell if the Titans will trigger a full rebuild, but in any case, the caliber’s first left tackle is worth taking.

12. Texans — Iowa DE Lucas Van Ness
Van Ness, who has only 13 sacks in 26 games in his last two seasons with the Hawkeyes, has faced top tackles like Skoronski and Johnson in the Big Ten and stands at 6 feet 5,270 pounds. Therefore, the draft board has skyrocketed.

13. Eagles (traded with Jets) — Texas RB Bijan Robinson
While it’s getting harder and harder for running backs to make it high in the draft, the Eagles have such a strong roster that this pick could be used in an electric playmaker to find out which one is better for him. You can afford to make sure that you create such a role.

14. Patriots — USC WR Jordan Addison
Addison was Pitt in 2021 and USC’s monster last season.In 2021-22, he totaled 159 catches for 2,468 yards and 25 touchdowns.

15. Packers — Ohio WR Jackson-Smith-Nigba
The Packers may be considering a final season with quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who led the team with 60 catches.

16. Commander — Pennsylvania State University CB Joey Porter Jr.
The son of a former All-Pro linebacker of the same name, Porter is a much better college prospect than his father. He could have turned pro a year ago.

17. Steelers — Oklahoma OT Anton Harrison
The Steelers need a lot of help offensively as they try to develop quarterback Kenny Pickett, and giving him a reliable tackle is a good start.

18. Lions — Illinois CB Devon Witherspoon
Witherspoon had three interceptions last season and would be the best pick from Illinois since defensive tackle Corey Leuget went to the Chargers at this location in 2011.

19. Buccaneers — Georgia OT Broderick Jones
Jones is huge at 6 feet 4 inches and 315 pounds and moves very well for his size. He was almost invincible in college.

20. Seahawks — Alabama S Bryan Branch
Branch is a versatile safety and the Seahawks will have a lot of fun involving him on defense. He had two interceptions and 14 tackles last season.

21. Chargers — Florida G O’Cyrus Torrence
Torrence definitely has enough talent to be a few picks higher than this, depending on how the team prioritizes their needs.

22. Ravens — CB Christian Gonzalez, Oregon
Gonzalez started his career in Colorado before moving to Oregon, where he had four interceptions in 12 games last season.

23. Vikings — Georgia CB Kelee Ringo
The Vikings allowed the 12th-highest opponent passer rating (91.6) last season and were lighted up by the Giants in the playoffs.

24. Jaguar — Texas A&M S Antonio Johnson
The Jaguars are a team to watch as they are among the top 10 scoring teams this season. Their defense isn’t far behind, and adding Johnson would certainly help.

25. Giants — Clemson LB Trenton Simpson
The Simpson is a versatile linebacker like Rokuan Smith, with the versatility to match the modern game with run-stopping strength and speed to drop back in coverage.

26. Cowboys — Georgia DE Nolan Smith
This gives the Bulldogs, two consecutive national championship winners, the four players they acquired in the first round.

27. Bills — Baylor DT Shiaki Squid
At 357 pounds, Squid would be one of the 10 heaviest players in the NFL. He has made his 48 tackles in the last two seasons, including eight losses.

28. Bengals — Jerryn Duncan, OT, Maryland
The Bengals, after performing well the past two seasons, have asked quarterback Joe Burrow to play behind a subpar offensive line throughout the run. they are helping him.

29. Broncos — CB Cam Smith, South Carolina
Smith played four years for the Gamecocks and held his own against some of the best SEC wide receivers. He has recorded his six interceptions in his last three seasons.

30. Eagles — Boston College WR Zee Flowers
The Eagles already have two 1,000-yard receivers in AJ Brown and Devonta Smith, and Flowers will be building them an up-and-coming player.

31. Chiefs — Iowa DE Will MacDonald IV
This would be an ideal time for the Chiefs to bring another young pass rusher into the fold. With quarterback Patrick Mahomes’ huge contract, they will always have to look for budget-friendly talent.

(The Dolphins would have picked number 21, but the NFL stripped them of it for a tampering violation.)


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