ESPN NFL Draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. published a two-round 2023 mock draft Tuesday that featured the Chicago Bears addressing three of their biggest needs in the first two rounds.
Kiper’s mock drafts at this time of year are worth paying close attention to. As one of the most tuned-in analysts in the NFL draft industry, his mock drafts are more about what he’s hearing than what he’d do with the picks. His intel is usually spot-on.
It’s become nearly a foregone conclusion that the Chicago Bears will select an offensive tackle with their first-round pick. But Mel Kiper put a unique spin on who that offensive tackle will be. Rather than choose one of the usual suspects — Paris Johnson Jr. (Ohio State), Peter Skoronski (Northwestern), or Broderick Jones (Georgia) — Kiper sends the Bears Darnell Wright (Tennessee).