The Chicago Bears secured the first overall pick in the 2023 NFL draft after losing to the Minnesota Vikings and getting much-needed help from the Houston Texans in Week 18. Armed with the most valuable asset of the offseason, the Bears can leverage the first pick for a bounty of selections. They don’t need a quarterback, and with several teams picking in the top 10 that do, the Bears can name their price.
Justin Fields’ development in 2022 was incredible. He may already be the most exciting playmaking quarterback in the league. Still, for him to take the next step in his development, Chicago must surround him with more skill position players and offensive line talent. The No. 1 pick won’t directly bring that kind of player to the Bears, but if general manager Ryan Poles trades it, the Bears can stock the roster with high-end talent for years to come.
And remember: The Bears can’t ignore their defense this offseason. Poles is expected to spend big money on free agents to level up the front seven, and the 2023 NFL Draft class is shaping up to feature two elite defensive prospects for Chicago to choose from.
But will it be with the first overall pick? According to Mike Renner’s latest mock draft for Pro Football Focus, the answer is no.