Who will the Chicago Bears pick at No. 9? Here's a final dive into 2023 NFL mock drafts

The 2023 NFL Draft is almost upon us.

There are countless mock drafts predicting who each team may select. Let's take a look at what pundits are saying about the Chicago Bears and the No. 9 pick just hours ahead of the draft.

Here's what you need to know:

NFL Draft: Chicago Bears hold the No. 9 pick. Here's a look at past No. 9 picks

When is the 2023 NFL Draft?

The NFL Draft runs Thursday, April 27 through Saturday, April 29.

What time does the NFL Draft start?

The NFL Draft begins at 8 p.m. ET/ 7 CT on Thursday, April 27. You can watch the draft on ABC, ESPN and NFL Network. Fans can also listen to the draft on ESPN Radio.

Chris Trapasso, CBS Sports: Bears trade back to No. 12

There's one person who thinks the Bears have another trade in them and can still grab one of the premier offensive tackles in the draft with Northwestern's Peter Skoronski.

The Bears moved all the way back from No. 1 overall, got a load of picks in the process -- including No. 73 and No. 161 here -- and still were able to pick Skoronski to add to the blocking unit in front of Justin Fields.

Chris Trapasso,

Peter Skoronski, OT, Northwestern
Peter Skoronski, OT, Northwestern

Courtney Cronin, ESPN: Peter Skoronski, OL, Northwestern

Cronin sees the team continuing to build around quarterback Justin Fields, so it's vital for them to focus on the offensive lines.

By selecting the draft's top offensive lineman, the team improves one major offseason concern. Skoronski's arm length (32 1/4 inches) presents questions about where he'll fit best, but if the Bears slot him in to start at left tackle and move Braxton Jones to right, the O-line is already in better shape. Chicago could also play Skoronski at guard before eventually moving him to tackle.

Courtney Cronin, ESPN Nation

Staff, Walter Football: Peter Skoronski, OL, Northwestern

The folks at Walter Football believe offensive line seems like an obvious choice, but also notes the defense needs to be addressed. In the end, protecting Justin Fields comes first.

Peter Skoronski is an athletic tackle who has kept his quarterback clean. He can play every position up front, though his short arms may have him end up at guard.

Staff, Walter Football

Albert Breer, Sports Illustrated: Paris Johnson Jr., OT, Ohio State

Breer has the Bears looking at another offensive lineman in Paris Johnson Jr. but notes if an offensive lineman they like isn't available that a defensive lineman like Jalen Carter might be on their radar.

Deep down, I think Johnson will go higher than this (you might be able to flip-flop this pick with the Raiders’ pick). But this, at least in my mind, would be the floor for Johnson, a high-character, tall, long 21-year-old who looks like he came off a left tackle assembly line. While he needs to get stronger, he’s young and will have time to do it, and so the ceiling is really high. Skoronski would make sense, too. I’ve heard the Bears would be good with Carter.

Albert Breer,

Paris Johnson Jr., OT, Ohio State
Paris Johnson Jr., OT, Ohio State

Ben Natan, SBNation: Paris Johnson Jr., OT, Ohio State

While Natan could see the Bears going after Bijan Robinson or a wide receiver, the protection of Fields should be the team's top priority.

Paris Johnson is the best tackle in the class and would instantly give Fields a ton more security as a pass protector.

Ben Natan, SBNation

Will Brinson, CBS Sports: Jalen Carter, DT, Georgia

According to Brinson, drafting Carter here would be a home run pick for the Bears and the start of Ryan Poles putting the NFC Central on notice.

Hard to see Carter making it past Chicago where Ryan Poles will get BOFFO grades for his decision-making if he moves from No. 1 to No. 9, adds D.J. Moore and several choice draft picks AND gets Jalen Carter. You can already here the sad, loud contingent of Bears homers (and you know you are) celebrating this as the Bears being back permanently as if they've been here since the second Mike Ditka left outside the fluke Grossman season.

Will Brinson,

Jalen Carter, DL, Georgia
Jalen Carter, DL, Georgia

Danny Kelly, The Ringer: Jalen Carter, DT, Georgia

With 10 picks in this draft, Kelly believes the Bears can afford to address offense later and go for the defensive talent.

Carter’s short slide stops here, with the Bears grabbing the talented interior defender at No. 9. The former Georgia star is a big, strong, and twitchy athlete and should give Chicago a playmaker to build around on the defensive front.

Danny Kelly, The Ringer

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Daniel Jeremiah, Tyree Wilson, DE, Texas Tech

Jeremiah sees the Bears getting a gift in Wilson, noting he could see him going much earlier in the draft.

Wilson could easily go No. 2 overall to the Texans. He slips a bit, and the Bears hit a home run at No. 9.

Daneil Jeremiah,

Tyree Wilson, DE, Texas Tech
Tyree Wilson, DE, Texas Tech

Phil Perry, NBC Sports: Broderick Jones, OT, Georgia

Perry says Chicago needs capable players and they start with the offensive line.

They get a very capable one, if not completely immaculate one in terms of his makeup, in this one-year wonder from the SEC.

Phil Perry,

Broderick Jones, OT, Georgia
Broderick Jones, OT, Georgia

Charles Davis, Darnell Wright, OT, Tennessee

Davis has a different offensive lineman in mind, as helping Fields should be the Bears' top priority.

Wright has been steadily impressing teams along the run up to the draft.

Charles Davis,

Darnell Wright, OT, Tennessee
Darnell Wright, OT, Tennessee

Pete Prisco, CBS Sports: Will Anderson Jr., DE, Alabama

Prisco says the Bears have a serious need to improve their pass rush and Anderon definitely fills that void.

In this mock he falls some because I just don't see the twitchy explosive play that you get from guys like Von Miller. He will be a good edge player, but not a perennial 15-sack guy.

Pete Prisco,

Will Anderson, DE, Alabama
Will Anderson, DE, Alabama

Staff, Pro Football Focus: Lukas Van Ness, DE, Iowa

The staff members at Pro Football Focus see another defensive player grabbing the attention of Poles and the Bears.

Chicago adds a young, versatile defensive lineman with tremendous athletic upside. Van Ness' 27.7% pressure rate on true pass sets in 2022 ranked fourth in the FBS.


Lukas Van Ness, DE, Iowa
Lukas Van Ness, DE, Iowa

PJ Moran, Fantasy Pros: Bijan Robinson, RB, Texas

Moran sees the Bears taking the best talent available and going with a blue chip prospect in Robinson.

Some Bears fans out there might not take kindly the projection of Bijan Robinson – the dreaded Round 1 running back – at Pick 9 after entering this offseason with the top overall pick, but exiting this Draft with one of its few blue-chip players AND DJ Moore AND a future Round 1 pick AND two Round 2 picks…that’s a compelling case for a job well done by Ryan Poles. I’d get it if the Bears’ brass is convinced that this team’s contention window will open in 1-2 years right as Bijan is peaking, kind of like what happened with the 2017-2018 Rams with Todd Gurley.

PJ Moran,

Bijan Robinson, RB, Texas
Bijan Robinson, RB, Texas

Bears' 2023 NFL Draft picks by round

  • Round 1, Pick 9 (from Carolina)

  • Round 2, Pick 53 (from Baltimore)

  • Round 2, Pick 61 (from Carolina)

  • Round 3, Pick 64

  • Round 4, Pick 103

  • Round 4, Pick 133 (from Philadelphia)

  • Round 5, Pick 136

  • Round 5, Pick 148 (from New England)

  • Round 7, Pick 218

  • Round 7, Pick 258*

*Compensatory selection

Chris Sims is a digital producer for the Journal Star. Follow him on Twitter: @ChrisFSims.

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