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What will the Chicago Bears do at No. 1 overall if Ryan Poles can’t trade out?

Ask any Chicago Bears fan about what they’d like general manager Ryan Poles to do with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, and the answer will be nearly unanimous: trade out, add more picks to the 2023 draft arsenal, and pick up an extra first-round pick in 2024.

Sure, that’s the best-case scenario. But that also assumes there will be a hot enough trade market for this year’s quarterbacks, led by Alabama’s Bryce Young.

But here’s the problem: Young’s measurables are expected to check in way below NFL standards for a quarterback (he’ll be around 5-11, 190 pounds). Will his size scare quarterback-needy teams away? It’s way too early to know. But there’s at least a possibility that general manager Ryan Poles can’t trade out of the top pick for a package he deems fair.

So, what will Poles do if that happens? According to the 33rd Team’s latest 2023 Mock Draft, the Chicago Bears will stay at No. 1 overall and take Georgia stud defensive lineman Jalen Carter:

“No one is willing to meet the Bears’ demands to move out of the top spot, and they won’t want to risk missing out on an elite talent like Carter. He will make an immediate impact on the Bears’ struggling defense with the ability to disrupt in the run-and-pass game.”

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