7 Day 2 prospects the Chicago Bears should target in the 2023 NFL Draft

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Chicago Bears Draft Target: Jaelyn Duncan - OT, Maryland

If the Chicago Bears do not add an offensive tackle in the first round, Maryland's Jaelyn Duncan could be a good fit in the second or third round. Measuring 6'6" and 330 lbs, Duncan is a large, physical presence at the tackle spot and has a great amount of experience coming out of college.

Starting at left tackle since 2019 for the Terrapins, Duncan has shown that he can win on the edge with his length and agility, but will certainly need to improve at the next level. Strength would likely be an area that could use some focus as a pro, especially with his hands in pass protection, but nonetheless, Duncan has many of the traits that are very appealing for a young tackle prospect.

Despite playing his collegiate career at left tackle, Duncan has the size and traits to move over to the right side, leaving Braxton Jones as the starter on the left side, or vice versa. Duncan could realistically earn a starting role during camp, and should definitely be in consideration for the Bears, especially if they address a different position in the first round.

Pro Comp: Kaleb McGary

Like McGary, Duncan is a large body and can be successful at the right tackle spot due to his power as a run blocker. Despite some struggles in pass protection, his size alone make them an intriguing option as a blocker, and Duncan is even a little quicker than McGary, making it easier for the Maryland product to at least cover up the rushing down lineman in front of him.

Other OTs to consider:

Dawand Jones (Ohio State) could be a perfect fit, but will likely be an early second round or late first round pick. Matthew Bergeron (Syracuse) and Blake Freeland (BYU) are other interesting, large body tackles who could become starters for the Bears as soon as next season, despite all likely being Day 2 selections.