Chicago Bears 2023 Draft: The players Ryan Poles should have drafted at each pick
Pick No. 148: The Chicago Bears should have drafted Noah Sewell
At this point in the 2023 NFL Draft, it made sense for Ryan Poles to take Noah Sewell. Sewell struggled in 2022, but his performance in 2021 would have made him a second-rounder. This is a best-player-available type of pick. No one around this area of the draft stood out as a must-have. Ryan Poles and the Chicago Bears could have looked to take Olu Oluwatimi or Luke Wypler if they wanted a center prospect.
The Bears don't need another linebacker, but Sewell should make an immediate impact on special teams. He could even push Jack Sanborn for the starting Sam backer spot. He is definitely more athletic than Sanborn coming out of college. Sanborn did not score well from an athleticism standpoint, but Sewell had an elite score.
When it comes to Day 3 picks, I am all about upside and taking the best player available on your draft board. That is exactly what Ryan Poles did and I am in agreement with his decision. To this point, I came away with four of the same players as Poles did. The big differences are that I took Gervon Dexter later in the second round and drafted Tuli Tuipuloto instead of Dexter at 53. This led to taking a different cornerback in the third round, but Darnell Wright, Roschon Johnson, Tyler Scott, and now also Noah Sewell.