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Chicago Bears 2023 Full 7 Round Mock Draft: New Year's Edition!

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The Bears’ 2022 season isn’t over yet, but as the new year approaches, it’s time to look ahead to the 2023 NFL draft.

Chicago has a lot of roster holes and fortunately has eight picks (maybe nine with a projected seventh-round pick), giving them plenty of opportunities to fill gaps with young, cheap players, making them highly valuable.

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In preparation for the next draft, we put together a seven-round mock draft. In this version, the Bears craft a generational talent with the No. 2 pick not named Will Anderson Jr. Additionally, they continue to fill in gaps at OL, WR, LB, CB, RB, and EDGE.

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If the engine for the Bears defense is three techniques, then Carter is the perfect choice for No. 2. Very few teams in the NFL can generate pressure and disrupt the inside pocket, making players like Chris Jones, Aaron Donald and Fletcher Cox highly valuable.

By drafting Carter, the Bears would gain a defensive offense with run-stopping ability and elite passing on the inside. With a player like Carter, defensive ends, Domonique Robinson and Al-Quadin Muhammad will reach the defender more easily, as the attacks are concentrated on the star debutant from the interior.

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Wright is the perfect size for a left tackle at 6′ 1″ tall, 347 pounds with 33.7″ arms, but he’s done his best work in 2022 at right tackle. In the game against Alabama, All-SEC First Team right tackle held superstar prospect Will Anderson to three tackles, zero sacks and just half a tackle for loss.

As a member of the Volunteers, Wright played in 46 games, starting 41 (26 at right tackle, 13 at left tackle, and two at right guard). He made 18 straight games at right tackle without allowing a sack. Wright was also a semi-finalist for the Lombardi Award – given to the best offensive lineman in college football.

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Assuming the LSU wide receiver stays in the NFL draft, Boutte can play in and out. At six feet tall and 185 pounds, he’s not big, but he’s well built and plays with power and tenacity. With the ball in his hands, Boutte always fights for extra yards and can break the game.

Boutte was initially projected to be a first-round pick, but after a drama-filled 2022 season. Furthermore, after an ankle injury ended his 2021 season, there will be durability concerns and it is uncertain where he will be called up.

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A converted safety, Overshown has the ability to defend the run and the pass. Standing six feet tall and weighing 100 pounds, he’s a modern box safety, otherwise known as a linebacker, with the size and speed to run side-to-side and deliver vicious blows to ball carriers.

Coach Matt Eberflus has shown a preference for faster, smaller linebackers, and with Overshown rumored to run a 4.5 or better, he should fit into the Bears’ offense scheme.

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The Maryland cornerback wore a lot of hats for the Terps defense. Bennett played cornerback, safety and nickel, giving him the versatility to immediately find playing time with the Bears.

The two-time All-Big Ten Honorable Mention corner can also be set on the field and hold due to his tremendous speed and quickness. By adding Bennett to the secondary, the Bears could find a third corner that can play alongside Jaylon Johnson and Kyler Gordon.

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Gray is a prototypical zone scheme running back. He has excellent eyesight and knows how to create race tracks. He finished his senior year with 1,366 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns, averaging 6.4 yards per carry.

The former Oklahoma running back is also a menace off the field, with 99 receptions and 827 yards in his college career.

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A converted tight end, Hayes is a development prospect who could become an NFL starting left tackle. He is six feet tall, 307 pounds with long arms and has attacking tendencies that GM Ryan Poles and fans love to see in the movie.

Hayes played in 39 games for the Wolverines, with 28 games at left tackle. He was a two-time All-Big Ten selection and was a member of two Joe Moore (best OL) winning offensive lines, the first back-to-back winners in history.

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Gaye is a great developmental player for the Bears. At 6 feet tall and 250 pounds, he is a strong top player with a great bull run. Additionally, his size and strength against the run would make Gaye a great situational run limiter.

The LSU prospect hasn’t had much production as a pass rusher (6.5 career sacks), but he has the size and athleticism to become a contributor on the defensive line.

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