Ryan Poles

This 2023 Mock Draft has Bears landing elite defensive prospect after trading down

In a perfect world, the 2023 NFL Draft will allow Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Poles to leverage the No. 1 overall pick in a trade with a quarterback-needy team willing to part with future first-rounders to move up for their preferred passer.

The growth of Justin Fields in 2022 allows Poles to move down, knowing he already has his franchise quarterback. And with that knowledge comes great flexibility, and The Athletic’s Dane Brugler presented one possible trade scenario in his latest 2023 mock draft.

Brugler has the Bears trading back to the No. 4 overall pick with the Indianapolis Colts, securing a haul of draft picks to slide down just three spots.

In this hypothetical trade, Chicago gets the No. 4 and No. 35 overall in the 2023 NFL Draft and the Colts’ first-round pick in 2024.

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