2023 NFL Mock Draft: Expert Picks & Analysis

1. Chicago Bears: DE Will Anderson — Alabama

In improbable fashion, the Bears locked up the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft thanks to some help from the Houston Texans. Chicago lost 10 straight down the stretch to leapfrog Houston in the order. As such, Chicago will now hold all the cards as it pertains to April’s Draft. With the No. 1 pick, QB-needy teams will be calling the Bears in an effort to lock up one of the top gunslingers. If they end up keeping the pick, Chicago is unlikely to consider QB given Justin Fields’ rapid improvement in Year 2.

Will Anderson is the premier pass rusher in this draft. Quick, twitchy, battle-tested and productive, he’s everything a team would want in an ideal sack artist. Chicago needs help everywhere — that’s no secret. Justin Fields could use some help at WR and up front. Either way, the Bears are coming out of this spot with an elite talent or a boatload of picks. Not too shabby of a start for the rebuild.

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