The time for college players to declare for the 2023 NFL draft has come and gone, so it’s time for a new 2023 NFL mock draft.
Everyone wonders what the Chicago Bears will do with the No. 1 overall pick. Will they select the top prospect on their draft board? Or will they risk losing that opportunity by trading back to gain more picks?
In this scenario, the Bears trade back not once but twice: first with the Indianapolis Colts at the fourth spot and then down to the ninth spot with the Carolina Panthers.
Both deals would have the first-round pick swaps, with Carolina and Indy sending their second and fourth-round picks to Chicago, plus the Colts would include next year’s first-round pick, and Carolina would fork over their second-round pick in 2024. The mock simulator I used (Pro Football Focus) made it seem like I could trade for much more, but this feels reasonable.
Now, let’s get to those picks!