It’s too early to tell who the Chicago Bears will select in the upcoming 2023 NFL Draft. There are three games left in the schedule. They must play them out until the final order is narrowed down. Right now, the Bears hold the No. 2 overall slot. If they lose their remaining games, they will consolidate that spot. If they win one more game, they will likely drop to #4. Two wins pushes them into the bottom 10. So a lot can still happen. Based on how things have gone, it’s unlikely they’ll win more than one game. That may be why GM Ryan Poles and head coach Matt Eberflus have their eyes on the top five.
It begs the question of who they might target if that is the case. Everyone has their own opinion about this. It is divided into three camps. Some are calling for Alabama edge rusher Will Anderson to be selected. Others want to protect Georgia, Jaylen Carter. The latter group hopes the Bears will try to trade down, accumulating more picks along the way. Only bears can answer this question. This is where Eberfluss provides an important insight into his thinking. Listen to this answer on the importance of the three-technique position in his defense.
Matt Eberfluss could be playing among the favorites next April.
While Anderson has been much more productive in college when he’s racked up sacks and tackles for loss, Carter may be the guy the Bears head coach wants. He is exactly the type of player that fits the three-technique spot. He’s powerful, fast, and nearly impossible to block one-on-one. While his overall production at Georgia has been a bit underwhelming, he has started to turn up the heat in recent weeks. Carter has three sacks and seven tackles for loss over the past five games. He is playing his best football at the perfect moment.
It’s too early to tell if the Bears will have a chance to pick the defensive tackle. They can still screw it up by winning a meaningless game or two. That said, those comments from Matt Eberflus come from the heart. He truly feels that the three-technique spot is his most important defensive position. So if he can land someone who could become special, like Warren Sapp or Aaron Donald, it’s almost certain he’ll take it.
Even if Carter is off the table, that doesn’t mean the Bears will look elsewhere. Clemson’s Bryan Bresee is also considered a top-10 prospect. They could go with him if the pick falls outside the top five. It will be interesting to look back on this quote months from now.