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Insider Reveals Who Ryan Poles And Matt Eberflus Will Covet In 1st Round


The Chicago Bears won’t tell anybody their plans for the #1 overall pick. It is likely even they don’t know for sure what they will do with it. There is still so much research left to do on the incoming 2023 draft class. People experts presume GM Ryan Poles will seek to trade down, hoping to accumulate more assets. However, sooner or later, he will end up making a pick. People aren’t sure who that player will end up being. Maybe an edge rusher, a defensive tackle, or an offensive tackle. Would he dare consider a quarterback to replace Justin Fields? These questions won’t be going away until the pick happens.

That said, insiders have taken turns offering projections on what they think will happen. Albert Breer of the MMQB has always had strong connections to the franchise. He’s interviewed both Poles and head coach Matt Eberflus personally since they arrived in Chicago. He used that information in his projection for what he thinks will happen with the top six picks of the 1st round. No trades were involved. These are purely his thoughts on which player the two men will covet.

His answer was an interesting one.

“1. Chicago Bears: Jalen Carter, DT, Georgia

Bears GM Ryan Poles helped build a defense in Kansas City whose best player was a disruptive, interior war daddy. Bears coach Matt Eberflus was in Indianapolis when the Colts traded for that kind of guy, DeForest Buckner, and built his final defense as coordinator there around his talents. Carter, to be sure, is that kind of guy. I’ve heard him compared to Fletcher Cox. I’ve heard him compared to Ndamukong Suh. He has that kind of potential, and in this case would give Chicago’s GM and coach a familiar baseline to build off on defense.”

It isn’t hard to envision this for Ryan Poles and Matt Eberflus.

The memories of Chris Jones and DeForest Buckner are forefront in their minds. They know how devastating a great interior pass rusher can be for a defense. Don’t forget Eberflus stated the three-technique defensive tackle is the engine that drives the entire scheme. It makes sense he’d prioritize that spot this off-season. Carter has some questions about his maturity and consistency, but one thing is clear. When he’s on, there isn’t an offensive lineman on the planet that can block him.

We’re talking Hall of Fame-caliber talent. His mixture of quickness, strength, and speed isn’t natural for somebody 6’3 and 300 lbs. If he can learn to play under control, the Bears might have their next Tommie Harris or Steve McMichael. It comes down to what Ryan Poles wants to do. Landing Carter will be guaranteed if he stays at #1 overall. However, if he were to move down, the odds would become steeper. That is why the next two months will be critical. The Bears will have a chance to meet with him personally, getting a gauge on the player and the person. Depending on what they hear, it will influence their final decision.

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Jan 23, 2023 6:07 pm

Character concerns…..not an Eberflus HITS guy

Jan 23, 2023 5:04 pm

Waddle “the unlovable losers the Chicago Bears” now I for sure know you are a Packers fan that is scared his team is on the downslope. If somehow you are a Bears “fan”, please find a different team, you obviously don’t like the team or better yet just stop watching football your comments show you don’t understand it. Just my advice. You’re gonna give yourself an ulcer with the amount of hatred you have for the Bears.

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jay Chapel
jay Chapel
Jan 23, 2023 2:17 pm

I have heard two NFL guys whom I have the utmost respect for: one openly states the Bears have to take Anderson who is the best player in the draft and plays a position that can win a game at the end. The other tells us the 3 technique guy is the key to the defense, so Carter. My opinion which means nothing: If Anderson or Carter is a generational player, take him. Otherwise trade down no lower than four. My prediction: they will screw it up. The Bears have 120 million in cap space and Chase Claypool. Who in… Read more »

Tim Flynn
Tim Flynn
Jan 23, 2023 2:12 pm

First of all, Carter is NOT a dead certainty to be the best DL in the draft.

I believe it would be stupid not to get the best deal in other 2023 draft picks by trading down to 2nd or 4th to do so.

With the 2nd pick, they could certainly get Carter and, possibly even with the 4th pick.

Jan 23, 2023 1:55 pm

Tom Waddle, you need to get another hobby. Maybe cheese making or cow tipping or cow pie throwing?

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