Chicago Bears Mock Draft Roundup 4.0

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:

NFL.com - Edholm (2/3)

1. Jalen Carter, IDL, Georgia

Bears fans will spend the next few months projecting trades down and debating Carter vs. Alabama's Will Anderson Jr. In this trade-free exercise, Chicago lands the most impactful interior rusher in the 2023 class.

The Draft Network - Marino (2/1)

TRADE - 9. Peter Skoronski, OT, Northwestern

The trade-back for the Chicago Bears provides them with a significant influx of resources and puts them in a more appropriate range to select an offensive lineman. Peter Skoronski is a technician with good mobility and coordination. A college left tackle, Skoronski could kick inside to guard and help the Bears get their best five blockers on the field for Justin Fields.

College Football News (2/1)

1. Jalen Carter, IDL, Georgia

The Bears will almost certainly trade out of this to some quarterback-starved team, but if they stay put, assume they get the rock to build the defense around.

Athlon Sports - Fischer (1/31)

1. Will Anderson Jr., EDGE, Alabama

The Bears will be listening for just about any offer they get, but if they stay put atop the draft, Anderson will land in the Windy City after being the best defensive player in college football the past two years by a wide margin.

The Athletic - Baumgardner (1/30)

1. Jalen Carter, IDL, Georgia

The Bears could get their socks knocked off by an offer from a team hoping to select QB1. Most believe Bryce Young is the top quarterback in this draft, but is he worth trading away multiple firsts?

Chicago also could fall in love with Jalen Carter, a franchise-caliber defensive tackle, and just take him instead. If, for some reason, the Bears can't find a deal they like, drafting Carter would hardly be anything to sneeze at.

SB Nation - Schofield (1/30)

TRADE - 4. Jalen Carter, IDL, Georgia

For many, Georgia defensive tackle Jalen Carter is the best prospect in the entire draft. Georgia's imposing defense was a big reason for their back-to-back national championships, and Carter played a massive part for both units. His strength and power at the point of attack command double teams each drive, but his ability to push the pocket and penetrate is a massive plus for the NFL.

CBS Sports - Wilson (1/30)

1. Jalen Carter, IDL, Georgia

The Bears appear to be a team headed in the right direction, in large part because they've found their franchise QB in Justin Fields. But there's a lot of work to do on the other side of the ball after moving on from Robert Quinn and Roquan Smith. Both Jalen Carter and Will Anderson Jr. will be options here, and both are layup selections. Or, more likely, the team will choose to trade out of the No. 1 pick when a QB-needy team (or teams) comes calling.

PFF - Sikkema (1/30)

TRADE - 2. Jalen Carter, IDL, Georgia

When Bears general manager Ryan Poles addressed his team's draft approach in his post-season press conference, he emphasized three areas: pass rusher, offense and cornerback — "premium positions." Pass rusher doesn't just mean edge rusher, either, and a three-technique defensive tackle is paramount to Matt Eberflus' defensive scheme. In a trade-down, the Bears can recoup the early second-rounder they lost in the Chase Claypool trade while still having their choice of any non-quarterback.

Following some hints and connecting a few dots leads me to believe the Bears will have Georgia's Jalen Carter, who earned pass-rushing grades of 88.9 and 90.0 the past two seasons, at the top of their board.

ESPN - Kiper (1/25)

1. Jalen Carter, IDL, Georgia

I thought long and hard about a trade here, with the Colts, Raiders and Panthers as the top candidates to move up for a quarterback. And if I'm Chicago general manager Ryan Poles and I can move down a few spots, add premium picks and still get my choice of the best defensive prospects, I'd make a deal. It takes two teams to make a trade, however, and that's never a guarantee. For now, let's stick with the Bears keeping this pick.

Chicago's roster needs help from top to bottom, but its defense was particularly dreadful in 2022, ranking last in the league in sacks (20) and points allowed per game (27.2). It has to be D all the way for wherever the Bears make their selection. Carter, an explosive interior pass-rusher and run-stuffer, gets the nod over Alabama edge rusher Will Anderson Jr. on my Big Board. He's the best player in this draft, a Day 1 starter in the middle of this defense.

NFL.com - Brooks (1/23)

1. Will Anderson Jr., EDGE, Alabama

Head coach Matt Eberflus needs a disruptive edge rusher to make his version of the Tampa 2 defense work.

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