The Chicago Bears land a generational talent in this 2023 NFL mock draft
By Ryan Olson
The Chicago Bears add some extra help to the offense
Third Pick — 3rd Round — 66th Overall
Dalton Kincaid, Tight End – Utah
Dalton Kincaid is one of my favorite prospects in the entire draft, his ability as a pass catcher is hard to find in a tight end. He would be a great complement to Cole Kmet in this offense to run the shorter routes, whereas Kmet can stick with the routes downfield that drive the seam that he is good at. Kincaid is currently the best receiver in Utah and has been carrying their offense all season. He is super flexible and super reliable, and a talent like his is not something you see very often.
I don’t like to throw out a player compared to a player like Travis Kelce, but his flexibility at his size for a tight end is super rare and flexibility is one of the many things that makes Kelce great. He will need to improve as a blocker, however, and his 6’4″ frame is somewhat small for a tight end. Not saying he is the next Kelce, but they have a similar play style.
Fourth Pick — 4th Round — 101st Overall
Keeanu Benton, Defensive Tackle – Wisconsin
Benton was getting some first and second-round hype coming into the 2022 season but has just not done enough for a player playing on such a little stage. However, I still think there is a lot of value in picking him up even though I think a duo of Jalen Carter and Justin Jones is still very good. Justin Jones is particularly good against the pass and is as good against the run, which is where Benton comes in. There still is and will always be value in a rotational three-technique
Fifth Pick — 4th Round — 131st Overall
Olusegun Oluwatimi, Center – Michigan
Oluwatimi could be a plug-and-play type of player with the Bears, he’s a transfer from Virginia after playing three years there logging 32 straight starts. He is a solid, stable option for the Bears at center that could use a rookie who plays like a veteran. He is very sound at communicating and passing off blockers, a savvy player, he doesn’t get fooled at all by stunts. Oluwatimi is not an overpowering athlete but is very solid as both a pass blocker and a run blocker. Oluwatimi along with Lucas Patrick competing for the starting center job is a good way to head into 2023.