Mel Kiper Reveals What He Thinks Bears Do With #1 Pick

BY V. CARBONNEAU    JANUARY 26, 2023  (11:22)
The well-known Mel Kiper released his first annual mock draft. Here is what he said about the Chicago Bears and what he believes will happen with the first overall pick.

1. Chicago Bears

Jalen Carter, DT, Georgia


I thought long and hard about a trade here, with the Colts, Raiders and Panthers as the top candidates to move up for a quarterback. And if I'm Chicago general manager Ryan Poles and I can move down a few spots, add premium picks and still get my choice of the best defensive prospects, I'd make a deal. It takes two teams to make a trade, however, and that's never a guarantee. For now, let's stick with the Bears keeping this pick.


Chicago's roster needs help from top to bottom, but its defense was particularly dreadful in 2022, ranking last in the league in sacks (20) and points allowed per game (27.2). It has to be D all the way for wherever the Bears make their selection. Carter, an explosive interior pass-rusher and run-stuffer, gets the nod over Alabama edge rusher Will Anderson Jr. on my Big Board. He's the best player in this draft, a Day 1 starter in the middle of this defense.
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