Bears trade back twice, land defensive stud in late 2023 mock draft

The Chicago Bears are in prime position to go No. 1 overall in the 2023 NFL Draft, giving general manager Ryan Paules a lot of leverage in the pre-draft process.

Given that the Bears have found their quarterback in Justin Fields, the Poles will likely look to raise additional capital to trade a top pick. And with teams looking for a quarterback with Alabama’s Bryce Young, Ohio State’s CJ Stroud and Kentucky’s Will Lewis available, there should be no shortage of suitors.

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In The 33rd Team’s latest mock draft, the Bears are absolutely wiped out as they trade back twice in the first two picks. First, they trade up with the Texans (who move up one spot to land Alabama quarterback Bryce Young). But the fun doesn’t stop there. Next, the Colts move up from No. 4 to No. 2 to select Kentucky quarterback Will Lewis.

After all that, the Bears still manage to land a generational talent on defense in Alabama edge rusher Will Anderson Jr. at No. 4 overall.

Chicago built up a stockpile of extra picks by trading down twice, and the Bears still get the guy they would have taken No. 1 in Anderson.

It’s the absolute best-case scenario for the Bears, where they manage to trade back twice (and secure a boatload) while still landing one of the best prospects in the draft.


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