Chicago Bears 2023 NFL Draft: Bears address the trenches and trade down in full mock
Chicago Bears Draft Pick No. 53: Joe Tippmann, OG/C
The next five on the board:
You read the next five on the board and are mad, aren't you? I am too. I really wanted to draft Cedric Tillman, but what can you do? I know you wanted AA. But hear me out and check out the other prospects drafted. Too much defensive tackle talent was still left in the draft, and the centers were starting to come up. In my last mock draft, I took Luke Wypler, who I still like a lot. However, passing on Wisconsin Badger's defensive and offensive line is always a mistake. Also, I drafted Wypler in the last mock; why do it again?
I would draft Tippmann over Wypler because he's big and can bend, and I also draft Peter Skoronski with the ninth overall selection. Cody Whitehair was a short-armed left tackle that was projected to play guard. Whitehair then became the Chicago Bears' starting center and might be that again. Tippmann can play guard. I know he can, but could Wypler play guard? It would be weird, but the whole play the best five players thing is starting to grow on me. You could try out Tippmann and Skoronski at both guard and center.
Skoronski may shock everybody and play tackle. That would move Tippmann to guard. Drafting both of these players is a combination thing. If I took Skoronski early, then I would be taking Tippmann later. If I am not taking Skoronski, then I am likely drafting Wypler. See what I did there? If you don't think front offices aren't thinking that way, you need to watch more draft shows. That is how you build rosters: plans, plans, and backup plans. I only got into Tippmann a little, but he is larger with shorter arms and has very good movement.