Ryan Poles

2023 NFL Mock Draft sends Justin Fields help along offensive line

Just as the Chicago Bears’ 2022 season has been all about the development of QB Justin Fields, the 2023 offseason will focus on making his job easier next year and beyond.

Fields is checking the development box over the last month or so. He’s become one of the NFL’s most exciting young superstars, a reality Bears fans aren’t used to living in. But just as quickly as Fields can climb league-wide quarterback rankings, he can suffer a setback if Bears GM Ryan Poles doesn’t take the necessary steps to strengthen the offensive line and wide receivers this winter and spring.

In the latest 2023 NFL mock draft from The Draft Wire, the Bears swing big at an offensive tackle in the first round. They use the ninth overall pick on Penn State’s Olumuyiwa Fashanu.

“This pick has to be spent on help for Justin Fields, either at wide receiver, or along the offensive line,” wrote Luke Easterling. “This scenario gives the Bears better value in the trenches, with a 19-year-old stud who already looks like an elite talent with franchise-player potential at left tackle.”

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