The Chicago Bears are in the home stretch of their 2023 NFL Draft prep. The first round kicks off from Kansas City in just over three weeks, and with all-star games, the NFL Combine, and pro days all in the books, GM Ryan Poles is putting the finishing touches on his big board.
Schooled NFL draft analysts will tell you value trumps need in the early rounds. It’s critical for teams like the Bears, who are in the midst of a complete roster rebuild, to identify high-end starters regardless of whether they fill an immediate need.
Nevertheless, it would be foolish to ignore needs altogether. The best NFL draft scenarios are when value meets need. For example, if the Chicago Bears’ biggest need is an offensive tackle, and Paris Johnson Jr. is on the board at No. 9, Poles will waste little time calling his name.
Here is an updated breakdown of the Bears’ five biggest needs as the 2023 NFL draft inches closer.