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2023 NFL Draft order: Bears land No. 1 overall pick, Texans to pick second in surprising Week 18

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of houston texans Finished the regular season with a 32-31 win Indianapolis Colts on sunday. Regular His season-finale win boosted the Texans’ win percentage enough to secure the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s draft. chicago bearsHere’s what you need to know.

  • The Bears slipped to 3-14 that year. vikings On Sunday, he will be the first pick in the 2023 NFL Draft.
  • The Texans have a top 5 pick in the draft for the second season in a row, and will receive their first pick at No. 2. Derek Stingley Jr. in the 2022 draft.

current draft order

  1. bear
  2. Texan
  3. cardinals
  4. colts
  5. seahawks (via Broncos)
  6. lions (via rams)
  7. raiders
  8. falcons
  9. panthers
  10. eagles (via saints)
  11. Titans
  12. Texan (via browns)
  13. jet
  14. patriot
  15. packers
  16. Commander
  17. Steelers
  18. lions

athletic Instant analysis:

Bears Land No.1 Pick

In some ways, the Bears got what they wanted from the 2022 season. Justin Fields There were moments of growth and inspiration. They won his two defensive player draft his capital, locan smith When Robert QuinnAnd most importantly, they will be the number one pick in the draft. But GM Ryan Pauls would probably have preferred to see more positives from his rookie class or see any of his free-agent additions become diamonds in the rough While they have resources in terms of cap space and draft picks, the 2022 season didn’t produce enough foundational players to turn this around quickly. fishbane

What Chicago Can Do at the Top

The Bears have needs above and below the roster. Offensive line, defensive line, cornerback, wide receiver, etc. It’s unclear as to Pauls and what he thinks of Fields compared to quarterbacks in this draft. The Bears finished 32nd in the league in passing, but Fields didn’t have much to work with, making him the best running quarterback in football.

The best thing for the Poles is to bring in as many good players as possible. That means trading down to a team that gives up a lot for Bryce Young or whoever is the top quarterback. Will Anderson of Alabama and Jalen Carter of Georgia are what the Bears need on defense. would be perfect for If they could move down a few spots but still have a way to get one of them, that would be ideal. fishbane

Texans need a QB

It’s been clear for some time that Davis Mills isn’t the Texans’ long-term answer. You will be able to find the quarterback. The Bears may not be interested in drafting a quarterback, considering Justin Fields is there. deshawn watson A deal with the Browns would give the Texans the draft capital they need to move up the spot should they decide to do so. Of course, it would have been easier to lose on Sunday and claim the No. 1 pick.

Given that this is a franchise that could be on the verge of hiring its third new head coach in three years, it’s hard to assume that with what happens to Lovie Smith, the Texans will follow conventional thinking and take quarterbacks. would be wrong. He was the first pick in the 2023 draft. But trading or signing a makeshift veteran player and postponing the long-term quarterback question into the future, judging by the number of vacancies in his NRG stadium this season, has been a big hit among the fan base. It means running the risk of deepening apathy. numbers. If he keeps the job, GM Nick Caserio will likely enter a third year with a third coach. — lease

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