Chicago Bears 2023 Mock Draft: Wheeling and dealing in full effect

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Chicago Bears pick Jalen Carter, DL, Georgia

With the Chicago Bears not needing a franchise quarterback, they are in the driver’s seat. There are a few teams who need a quarterback who covet the top overall pick.

The Indianapolis Colts are one of those teams. With their division rivals, the Houston Texans, ahead of them with the second overall pick, the Colts pay a handsome price to pick ahead of Houston. They give up three picks in this draft and their first and second-round picks in next year’s draft.

The Bears want to go back to what the defense did best — plug up the middle to shut down the run and pressure the quarterback. By pressuring the quarterback up the middle it forces him to move around, hopefully into the arms of a Bears pass rusher.

Jalen Carter is a monster. He is coming off back-to-back titles with Georgia. He helps the Bears plug up that middle while also helping put more pressure on the quarterback.

The top three teams aren’t in need of a defensive tackle. Indianapolis and Houston will pick quarterbacks and the Arizona Cardinals have DeForest Buckner, so they likely go after an EDGE rusher.

While there are no guarantees that a prospect will succeed, Carter is the closest thing to it. At 6-foot-3, 310 pounds, he has the size you want. In addition to his size, he has elite quickness and athleticism. He draws comparisons to Hall of Fame defensive tackle Warren Sapp.

Carter carries his weight well and he generates incredible power. He is a disrupter who wreaks havoc on an opposing offense. He’ll fit right in with the Bears and will help bring back the Monsters of the Midway.