2023 NFL Mock Draft

Selection Comment - Pick #3

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Jaxon Smith-Njigba

Ohio State


The Bears have one of the worst offensive lines in the league and, with the regular season nearly upon us, there isn't much optimism about how the unit will perform in 2022. Riley Reiff and Michael Schofield have signed, but that only proves the team were not sold on the existing options. Reiff, a 12-game starter for The Bengals in 2021, is probably the best left tackle option. Elsewhere on the line, Lucas Patrick will miss games with a hand injury and Teven Jenkins continues to disappoint whilst also missing practice time. The only certainty with Chicago's offense, in 2022, is that Justin Fields' elusiveness will be needed in bucket loads.

The lack of receiving weapons at Fields' disposal doesn't do anything to suggest The Bears can survive poor line play. N'Keal Harry was acquired, at minimal cost, from the Patriots. Harry only brings 57 career catches to Chicago, but he'll have the opportunity to finally fulfill his immense potential . So, when it comes to the 2023 Draft, what comes first? The chicken or the egg? Or, in Chicago's case, The lineman or the receiver. Fields will eventually need both but, picking at #3, the value is in taking a stud WR like Jaxon Smith-Njigba.

- David Payne, DraftTek Senior Analyst

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