Chicago Bears Mock Draft Roundup 3.0

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:

CBS Sports - Stackpole (1/13)

1. Jalen Carter, IDL, Georgia

GM Ryan Poles said earlier this week that the Bears would have to be "absolutely blown away" to take a quarterback No. 1 overall. In my opinion, that's a smoke screen as Chicago tries to persuade as many QB-needy teams as possible to move up. Ultimately, the Bears likely trade back, but with the draft still three-plus months away -- plus the fact that multiple potential suitors have to hire new head coaches -- let's keep them at No. 1 for now. They can't go wrong with Jalen Carter or Will Anderson Jr., but Carter's ability to dominate from the interior makes him the top selection.

San Diego Union Tribune - Brown (1/12)

1. Will Anderson Jr., EDGE, Alabama

General Manager Ryan Poles wouldn't hesitate to take the explosive pass rusher after trading away Khalil Mack and Robert Quinn this year. I understand the Bears doing their due diligence with the quarterbacks in this class, but that will be more about driving the price tag of this pick up, not the future of Justin Fields. Some scouts will say Anderson is a bit undersized for an NFL edge rusher, but there are shades of Hall of Famer Derrick Thomas and future Hall of Famer Von Miller in his pass-rush approach — 34.5 sacks in three seasons with the Crimson Tide. Plus, he is equally adept at defending the run. I'd have no qualms with him going first overall.

NBC Sports Chicago - Morgan (1/12)

1. Will Anderson Jr., EDGE, Alabama

I'm fully convinced there is a 90+ percent chance the Bears will trade away the first overall pick for more draft capital. There are so many areas of concern for Chicago that it might be considered gross negligence to not secure more draft picks by trading down. However, if by some happenstance Chicago chooses to take a player No. 1 overall the best non-quarterbacking playmaker would be Will Anderson. He is a defensive catalyst who can alter the landscape of any game at any moment.

Yahoo! Sports - McDonald (1/11)

1. Will Anderson Jr., EDGE, Alabama

The Bears will consider all options here, but moving on from Justin Fields wouldn't make a whole lot of sense. They can't go wrong with Will Anderson Jr. or Georgia's Jalen Carter, but the Crimson Tide edge rusher kicks things off here. He has a chance to be a dominant edge rusher immediately in the NFL.

Walter Football (1/11)

1. Will Anderson Jr., EDGE, Alabama

Thanks to the incompetence of the Houston Texans, the Bears were able to obtain the top pick in the 2023 NFL Draft. Unless Chicago drafts a quarterback, it will trade out of this pick, holding it for a king's ransom to the highest bidder. Given that so many teams are desperate for a franchise quarterback, the Bears will get a great haul for this selection. They will move down and select one of the top offensive linemen or defensive players available.

The Bears have a miserable offensive line, so Justin Fields doesn't stand a chance when battling teams with elite pass rushes. The front office must do something about this. However, at No. 2 overall, they should pick the best player available, and it's not like they don't need an improved pass rush. In fact, the Bears have the worst pressure rate in the NFL aside from the Falcons.

Will Anderson has ridiculous speed and athleticism. He's been a force in Alabama's defense.

CBS Sports - Trapasso (1/11)

TRADE - 4. Peter Skoronski, OT, Northwestern

In the slide back, the Bears get this pick -- the Colts' second and third-round picks in 2023 and a first and second and fifth in 2024. Skoronski isn't a Tristan Wirfs-esque tackle, but has quality athleticism and tremendous pass-protection film in 2022.

USA Today - MMS (1/10)

1. Will Anderson Jr., EDGE, Alabama

Is it too early to project a trade? With Justin Fields having quelled many concerns from his rookie year and a slew of teams throughout the top 10 in need of a quarterback, Bears GM Ryan Poles could try to drum up a bidding war here. If Chicago stands pat, however, Anderson is more than deserving of the No. 1 slot. The Crimson Tide's first two-time unanimous All-American would have had a compelling case to be the top selection in 2022 had he been eligible, and he's drawn comparisons to Von Miller for his explosive pass-rush prowess. That package is no doubt enticing for a defense that tallied an NFL-worst 20 sacks this year — just 2 1/2 more than Anderson notched on his own in the 2021 campaign.

Bleacher Report (1/9)

1. Will Anderson Jr., EDGE, Alabama

The Chicago Bears need to do everything in their power this offseason to build around their electrifying quarterback, Justin Fields. Yet that approach shouldn't blind the team to what else is available.

With the first overall pick, the Bears are better positioned to select an elite defensive talent rather than make a slight reach for someone to help Fields on the other side of the ball.

Alabama's Will Anderson Jr. is the top-ranked prospect for the entire 2023 class. Had he been eligible, his name would have likely been called with the No. 1 pick in the '22 draft. With suitors potentially clamoring to trade up and select one of the quarterback prospects, the Bears should still stand pat and land a defensive game-wrecker of the highest order.

"If the Bears end up staying in this spot, an Anderson selection is a no-brainer," Holder stated. "They're set at quarterback with Fields but could use a cornerstone defensive player, which is exactly what Anderson is. He'll step in and immediately improve their pass rush to help an already young and talented secondary while also beefing up their run defense."

The 21-year-old is the most disruptive defender seen since at least Aaron Donald at Pittsburgh. Anderson has the speed and bend to turn the corner against less athletic offensive tackles. His power allows the defender to work through blockers as well, either as a pass-rusher or run defender.

Anderson is the complete package and the best overall defensive prospect since Myles Garrett went No. 1 overall six years ago.

The 33rd Team (1/9)

1. Will Anderson Jr., EDGE, Alabama

If a team covets one of the top quarterbacks, there is a good chance the Bears will trade out of this spot. However, if they make this selection, they need to get a playmaker on defense who can get to the quarterback. Even though Anderson's statistics were down this season after having 17.5 sacks and 31 tackles for a loss as a sophomore in 2021, he is a legitimate top-tier playmaker who still produced 10 sacks and 17 tackles for a loss in 2022.

PFF - Renner (1/9)

TRADE - 4. Jalen Carter, IDL, Georgia

This has turned into an absolute dream scenario for the Bears. Head coach Matt Eberflus gets the best defensive tackle prospect of the PFF college era (since 2015 draft). Carter is the three-technique they've been looking for, one who earned a 91.0 run-defense grade and a 90.0 pass-rushing grade in 2022.

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