Chicago Bears complete 2023 NFL draft class

The 2023 NFL draft is in the books for the Chicago Bears, and they have welcomed 10 new players to their team.

It was a solid draft for general manager Ryan Poles, who addressed several needs on Chicago’s roster, including defensive line, offensive tackle and cornerback. He also added some weapons for quarterback Justin Fields at running back and wide receiver.

Take a look at the Bears’ entire 2023 rookie draft class:

OT Darnell Wright

Pick: First round, 10th overall

Breakdown: Wright is an excellent fit for the wide zone scheme the Bears are running. He can displace linemen at the point of attack and should be athletic enough to get to linebackers and safeties at the second level. In pass protection, he’s solid when not asked to deal with speed rushers on an island. This means he’s likely playing right tackle. In addition, his lack of lateral quickness makes him a perfect fit for the play-action, RPO-style passing schemes that the Bears run. — Nate Atkins

Fit: A plug-and-play Day 1 starter at right tackle

Grade: A

DT Gervon Dexter

Pick: Second round, 53rd overall

Breakdown: The Bears need a 1-technique or 3-technique to pair with Justin Jones, who can help stop the run. Chicago’s run defense was the second-worst in the NFL and will improve immediately with Dexter in the middle. While his effort runs hot and cold, he has a rare combination of size, strength, and speed that doesn’t come around often. He’ll become a dominant interior player if he buys into HITS and the Bears system. — Nate Atkins

Fit:Likely starter, rotational piece

Grade: B+

CB Tyrique Stevenson

Pick: Second round, 56th overall

Breakdown: Stevenson is an excellent fit for the Bears’ Cover 2 scheme. Not only is he a high-motor player, but he’s willing to be physical and come up to stop the run. He has high potential if he can become more consistent in his technique. — Nate Atkins

Fit: Day 1 starter

Grade: A

DT Zacch Pickens

Pick: Third round, 64th overall

Breakdown: After having the second-worst run defense last year, Chicago strengthened in the trenches, adding Pickens with the first pick of the third round. The South Carolina defensive tackle is an explosive one-gap run defender and upgrades the interior of the Bears’ defense. — Nate Atkins

Fit: Likely starter, rotational piece

Grade: B+

Round 4, Pick 115: RB Roschon Johnson, Texas

Pick: Fourth round, 115th overall

Breakdown: The Bears add a mid-round gem of a running back in Johnson, who didn’t get as much limelight due to playing behind the draft’s top running back Bijan Robinson, but he will fit in well in Chicago. Johnson runs hard, and possesses a good balance of power and elusiveness. — Jarrett Bailey

Fit: Back-up and core special teamer

Grade: A

Round 4, Pick 133: WR Tyler Scott, Cincinnati

Pick: Fourth round, 133rd overall

Breakdown: Scott is an absolute speedster (4.32 40-yard dash) who will present a vertical threat for quarterback Justin Fields. Scott averaged 44.6 yards per touchdown catch in college, according to The Athletic’s Dane Brugler, and he has all of the makings of a big-play threat in this Bears offense. — Alyssa Barbieri

Fit: Back-up and core special teamer

Grade: B

Round 5, Pick 148: LB Noah Sewell, Oregon

Pick: Fifth round, 148th overall

Breakdown: Sewell, a three-year starter at Oregon, has the potential to be a steal for the Bears. He’s a high-motor, hard-hitting linebacker, who will provide solid depth on this Bears defense. — Alyssa Barbieri

Fit: Reserve and core special teamer


Round 5, Pick 165: CB Terell Smith, Minnesota

Pick: Fifth round, 165th overall

Breakdown: The Bears added depth to the secondary with Smith, who has a nice combination of size (6-1, 204-pounds), speed (4.41), and length (32 7/8). Smith has plenty of upside and could prove to be a late-round steal for Chicago. — Alyssa Barbieri

Fit: Depth piece, developmental prospect


Round 7, Pick 218: DT Travis Bell

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Pick: Seventh round, 218 overall

Round 7, Pick 258: S Kendall Williamson, Stanford

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Pick: Seventh round, 258th overall

Story originally appeared on Bears Wire