Darnell Wright

2023 NFL Draft Grades: The Athletic nearly fails Bears for picking Darnell Wright

Chicago Bears fans may want to look away. The Athletic issued grades for every first-round pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, and the selection of Darnell Wright didn’t score well.

The Bears earned a lowly D- for what was described as the first round’s most questionable move.

“GM Ryan Poles was a former offensive lineman and has tried to rebuild his roster on the O-line first,” The Athletic’s Scott Dochterman wrote. “And Wright will help, but the Bears have nothing on the defensive line. Absolutely nothing.

“Wright started at three different positions along Tennessee’s offensive line over four seasons but played his best football last fall at right tackle. In the Vols’ quick-tempo, big-strike scheme, Wright was forced to block some of the country’s top edge rushers and didn’t allow a sack in 2022. He’s physical and nasty but still has room to grow in his technique to become an upper-level offensive lineman.”

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