The Chicago Bears’ need at 3-tech has resulted in Georgia defensive lineman Jalen Carter being a popular choice for the team in 2023 NFL mock drafts. Carter ended the 2022 college football season as a candidate to be the first overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, but off-field concerns have dinged his draft stock.
With just a few days until the NFL Draft begins, Carter’s draft stock is rising again. He’s consistently sent to either the Seattle Seahawks (No. 5 overall) or Detroit Lions (No. 6) in recent mock drafts. The Chicago Bears, who hold the ninth pick, will need some luck to land him.
Indeed, Jalen Carter may not even be on the Bears’ draft board. Assistant general manager Ian Cunningham met with the media Tuesday and said Chicago has six to eight players they’d consider with the ninth pick. Carter should be one of them, but nothing is guaranteed with the NFL Draft.