2023 NFL Mock Draft

Selection Comment - Pick #2

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Chicago
Will Anderson Jr.
2

Alabama

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Injuries can derail any team's season, but it's tougher for a team with a lack of talent and depth. We'd all have loved to see Justin Fields against the Jets' defense, but Trevor Siemian took the start. Siemian proceeded to lose to Mike White in a game that was never close. The Bears' playoff chances may be long gone, but the remainder of the season is important for the future development of the team. Hopefully Fields will be back soon, but Darnell Mooney won't be.

The defense has also been bitten by the injury bug and Eddie Jackson is probably out for the season with a Lisfranc injury. Concussions for Jaquan Brisker and Kyler Gordon saw both sit for the Jets' game. Brisker has been one of the best defensive rookies in 2022, but Gordon has struggled at times. The other corners, Kindle Vildor and Jaylon Johnson, both have PFF grades under 60. Coach Eberflus will want to want to add more quality to his secondary in 2023.

Unsurprisingly, the Bears are bottom of the league in passing yards per game. They aren't just worst by a little, but by 24.1 yards per game. Conversely, Chicago are top of the league in rushing yards per game. They aren't just best by a little, but by 29.3 yards per game. The team will lean heavily on Fields and the RBs in 2023, but they'll need to develop a more balanced offense to improve on their 20.9 points per game average.

- David Payne, DraftTek Senior Analyst

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