Ranking the Chicago Bears 2023 offseason needs and where to fill them

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The Chicago Bears need help on the defensive line, specifically defensive tackle

When we look at the big issues the Chicago Bears are facing as they look ahead to the 2023 season, many fans will put offensive line and wide receiver first. Unfortunately, defensive tackle is the bigger problem. The team needs to find a player who cannot help stop the run game, but also provide interior pressure.

The good news is that I think Justin Jones, despite being a possible cap casualty, could provide some stability to this line for 2023. Jones has been the only bright spot at the defensive tackle spot, but the team would be better served if he played the nose and they find a true disrupting 3-technique. The good news is that Ryan Poles will have some solid options here.

Should the Chicago Bears find themselves picking in the top five of the 2023 NFL Draft, then there is one name I’d consider — Jalen Carter, DT – Georgia. That said, Poles has other options too.

Where to find one: Free Agency or Draft

Ryan Poles can look to free agency here should he want to go a different route at the top end of the 2023 NFL Draft. Da’Ron Payne would be the top target should he not be re-signed by Washington. Other names include Javon Hargrave, Sheldon Rankins, or David Onyemata. If the team is picking high enough in the draft, Jalen Carter would be my target. Poles could also trade back and hope to acquire another pick high in the second round or late in the first. These names could include Bryan Bresee, Gervon Dexter or Siaki Ika.