The harsh reality of the NFL Draft is that it not only welcomes a new class of players that fans can cheer for, but it also puts veterans on notice that their roster spot is in doubt. There will be several veteran players on the Chicago Bears whose tenure with the team will be in jeopardy after the early rounds of the 2023 draft, including a few at critical positions.
Here are four Bears players who will feel the heat by the time the 2023 NFL draft ends.
Larry Borom, OT
No player on the Chicago Bears will be impacted by the 2023 NFL Draft more than Borom. The 2021 fifth-round pick has had an admirable start to his career, logging 17 starts in two seasons. Borom was never supposed to be in this role, though, and the Bears need an upgrade. He’s proven to be a capable NFL bookend, but he’s better suited for backup duties. As of now, he’s the projected starter at right tackle. There’s almost no doubt that will change by the conclusion of the 2023 NFL Draft.
There’s a good chance the Chicago Bears’ first-round pick will be a player who replaces Borom. Prospects like Ohio State’s Paris Johnson Jr. and Georgia’s Broderick Jones make too much sense. And even if the Bears wait to address offensive tackle until the second round, Syracuse’s Matthew Bergeron would be a massive upgrade.
Indeed, Borom’s 2023 roster spot should be safe. But it’ll be as the Chicago Bears’ swing tackle.