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Chicago Bears Mock Draft: Round 1, Pick 5 – Jalen Carter, DL, Georgia

As someone who’s touted Jalen Carter as the best thing since sliced bread, I’ve taken a step back and really looked at what Carter brings to the table.

He’s a bit more of a “project” than someone who should be taken in the first three picks, but Matt Eberflus has mentioned that a three-technique— or a defensive lineman who lines up primarily on the guard’s outside shoulder— is the engine of his defense.

That said, Jalen Carter is someone who could develop into one of the top interior defensive linemen in the league.

Is he the next Aaron Donald? Probably not, but he shouldn’t be looked down upon because of that.

Jalen Carter is an impressive player to watch, however, if he wants to be in conversations with Aaron Donald, he’s going to need to tighten some loose bolts of his play.

And that’s entirely possible for him to do so.

There are some players who might be a better option than Carter if the Bears trade down even further, like Myles Murphy, Tyree Wilson, and/or Bryan Bresee; however, in this mock draft, I’m going with Jalen Carter at No. 5.

While there are some concerns about pad level, being pushed down the line, and a potential lack of “gas in the tank,” Jalen Carter is still an impressive athlete to watch.

The pros for Jalen Carter are simple. He’s as strong as an ox, he’s rather fast for a 6-foot-3 and 310-pound man, and he’s as nasty as they come.

There are concerns he has “character flaws,” but when thinking about it, shouldn’t interior defensive linemen have that nasty edge to them?

Obviously, coaches want it to be controlled, but I can’t remember a time when a “nice guy” was able to be a dog on the defensive line.

Not to mention, Carter could be paired up with Daron Payne from Washington if the Chicago Bears obtain him in free agency.