Chicago Bears basic supervisor Ryan Poles is off and operating along with his draft weekend to-do record, seeking to enhance a last-place roster and speed up the staff’s return towards playoff rivalry.
In a demanding and busy offseason, Poles has expressed eagerness to do his heaviest lifting by means of the draft. That course of started in Thursday night time’s first spherical and can proceed by means of Saturday night.
Bears remaining picks in 2023 NFL draft (April 27-29)
- Round 2: Nos. 53 and 61
- Round 3: No. 64
- Round 4: Nos. 103 and 133
- Round 5: Nos. 136 and 148
- Round 7: Nos. 218 and 258
As Poles and the Bears navigate the weekend, we’ll give you a complete take a look at every of the gamers the staff selects.
Catch up on our draft protection
Round 1, No. 10: Darnell Wright, OT, Tennessee
Height, weight: 6-5, 333
Why the Bears drafted him: Wright is an enormous man who is tough to maneuver. And whereas he has expertise enjoying on each side of the offensive line, he excelled final season at proper deal with, the place he will be plugged in as a right away starter for the Bears. Alabama’s Will Anderson Jr., who was chosen No. 3 by the Houston Texans, singled out Wright because the opponent he had probably the most issue in opposition to final season. In 2021, Wright additionally had an attention-grabbing efficiency in opposition to Georgia’s Travon Walker, who was the highest decide within the 2022 draft. Wright’s upside is simple and the flashes on his faculty tape are tough to disregard.
Why he wasn’t drafted sooner: Wright was the second offensive deal with chosen Thursday, so it’s not as if he had a grueling wait to listen to his title known as. Ohio State’s Paris Johnson Jr. was the primary offensive lineman off the board, picked at No. 6 by the Arizona Cardinals. The Bears, after buying and selling down one spot and passing on Georgia defensive deal with Jalen Carter, chosen Wright over fellow offensive tackles Peter Skoronski of Northwestern — who went No. 11 to the Tennessee Titans — and Broderick Jones of Georgia.
In his personal phrases
“As far as my talent and what I can do, I knew I could go this high. But it just took the right team to see that, the right coaches who know what they’re looking at and they know what I can be. I haven’t even reached my (potential). I’m just scratching the surface of what I can be. I think they know that. And I know that. It’s going to be fun.”
“He’s a mauler. He started 42 games at Tennessee. Go back and watch any of these games. Watch him against Travon Walker at left tackle (in 2021). Watch him at right tackle this year against Will Anderson. Watch him against the elite players in college football and watch him go eliminate them and shut them out. Then you just watch how he moves bodies. His power is real. His base is good. Everybody needs to be coached in this business. It’s a different game in the NFL than it is in college. But I think there’s an awful lot to like about his size, about his movement, about his power, about his mentality, about his experience.” — Brian Baldinger, analyst for Fox Sports, NFL Network and Audacy
You ought to know
In January, Wright had a powerful week on the Senior Bowl enjoying for the American staff that maybe not coincidentally was coached by Bears offensive coordinator Luke Getsy. “It means a lot to know I already have a relationship a little bit with that guy,” Wright stated.