Chicago Bears 2023 NFL Draft: Ryan Poles proves rumors to be true in full mock draft
The Chicago Bears add projects with final three picks
With most late-round picks in any NFL Draft, it is all about the upside. You take risks on players who need development or balled out at smaller schools. Measureables and athletic scores will come into play too. The Chicago Bears add three of these types of players with their final three picks.
Chicago Bears Pick No. 190: Andrei Iosivas, WR - Princeton
The Chicago Bears have revamped the wide receiver room and adding a wide receiver early does not make as much sense anymore now that they have D.J. Moore. Don't rule out the idea of adding a top prospect like Jaxon Smith-Njigba. That's not how this draft worked out though.
Instead, we took a different approach and found a wide receiver in the sixth round who has great measurables and stood out at Princeton. Isovias caught 64 balls for 924 yards and seven touchdowns last year. The year before he grabbed 42 balls for 709 yards and five touchdowns. He is the developmental wide receiver that the team needs.
Chicago Bears Pick No. 218: Malik Cunningham, QB - Louisville
With P.J. Walker and Nathan Peterman on the roster, taking a quarterback late doesn't make a great deal of sense. However, adding Malik Cunningham in the seventh round is just a way to guarantee you get a player you want vs trying to sign them as an undrafted free agent. Cunningham has more upside than Peterman. He is a developmental quarterback who I'd rather see on this roster as the QB3 held up on the practice squad.
Chicago Bears Pick No. 229: Karl Brooks, Edge - Bowling Green
Finally, we thought it was strange to see Karl Brooks still on the board this late in the draft. Many have Brooks ranked much higher and coming off the board on Day 2. Personally, I have him with a late fifth-round grade. He has plenty of upside but also comes with some risk. Landing him this late feels like a steal.