Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Chicago Bears 2023 NFL Mock Draft Roundup 1.0

Throughout the year and leading up to the 2023 NFL draft, we will update our Chicago Bears Mock Draft Roundup showing picks for the Chicago Bears from several prominent sites and draft analysts.

The following are picks in recent mock drafts for the Bears:

The Athletic - Dane Brugler (5/3)

6. Jalen Carter, IDL, Georgia

As evaluators fired up the tape to check out Jordan Davis, Travon Walker and Devonte Wyatt on the Georgia defensive line, how many times do you think this phrase was uttered: "Wait, who is this No. 88?" That would be Carter, who is entering his true junior season and was arguably the best player on the national champion's defensive front last year.

Draft Wire - Luke Easterling (5/3)

9. Jaxon Smith-Njigba, WR, Ohio State

Justin Fields finally gets his WR1, and it's a familiar face. Smith-Njigba has the explosiveness and big-play ability to be an instant star at the next level, especially if he's catching passes from his old quarterback.

Fox Sports - Jason McIntyre (5/3)

10. Jordan Addison, WR, Pittsburgh

The Biletnikoff Award winner had 38 catches of 15-plus yards and caught 12 of his 17 touchdowns in the slot from Kenny Pickett. But he might transfer to USC.

PFF - Michael Renner (5/2)

9. Kayshon Boutte, WR, LSU

Now it's not fair to put the Ja'Marr Chase comp on him by any means, but at 6-foot and 205 pounds wearing number 1 for LSU, Boutte's explosiveness makes you think you're watching 2019 tape at times. Look no further than his 308-yard performance as a true freshman against Ole Miss.

CBS - Ryan Wilson (5/2)

6. Jaxon Smith-Njigba, WR, Ohio State

Wide Receiver U continues to pump out wide receivers. Smith-Njigba is a silky smooth playmaker who was every bit as effective as Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave.

The Draft Network - Joe Marino (4/30)

7. Jaxon Smith-Njigba, WR, Ohio State

The Bears are a work in progress with notable work left to do in building around Justin Fields. Smith-Njigba overshadowed both of Ohio State's 2021 first-round picks in Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave.

The 33rd Team - Michael Schottey (4/30)

8. Jordan Addison, WR, Pittsburgh

There's some irony in talking about where Jordan Addison is going to play in 2023, while the 2021 Biletnikoff Award winner is in the transfer portal and is likely rumored to be leaving Pittsburgh and headed to elsewhere--though a return to the Panthers is an option. He's smaller than you'd like for a top receiver in the NFL, but continues a recent trend of eschewing top-end traits for elite route running and catching ability.

Pro Football Network - Cam Mellor (4/30)

8. Michael Mayer, TE, Notre Dame

The thought of drafting a tight end in the top 10 of any NFL Draft is a lofty one. However, Michael Mayer transcends the position. He has the receiving skill set of a dominant wide receiver and the after-the-catch skills of an elusive running back in space. He's strong both at the catch point and at the point of contact in the blocking game. Mayer is a rare blend of pass-catching weapon and plus blocking on the outside.

Barstool Sports - Steven Cheah (4/30)

9. Kayshon Boutte, WR, LSU

Finally they get Justin Fields some help! Boutte is a dynamic playmaker that could give Jersey Jerry's arch nemesis a legit #1.

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