Chicago Bears 2023 NFL Draft: Ryan Poles proves rumors to be true in full mock draft

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Chicago Bears Pick No. 58: Matthew Bergeron, OT - Syracuse

Since we went defensive line in the first round, it only made sense to target an offensive tackle in the second round. Matthew Bergeron is a guy that I like in this area and he could easily be a plug-and-play starter at right tackle. I would still give Alex Leatherwood, who is still on the active roster, the ability to compete for the spot. May the best man win as they say. This would mean Braxton Jones would remain at left tackle for the 2023 NFL season.

Bergeron is a little heavier than I think Ryan Poles would like, but his playing weight of 322 pounds in 2022 was already down to 318 for the NFL Combine. If he can keep himself in that 310 to 315 pounds range then he should fit in just fine here in Chicago. As we know, the Chicago Bears are pushing for athletic, fast-footed linemen. Matthew Bergeron fits that mold for the most part. At least when comparing him to who was left.

Bergeron is also better suited for a zone rushing attack and should fit in nicely here in Chicago. He is very fluid in his movements and made to play right tackle, not left. He needs to work on his hand placement and may struggle at times with holding penalties early in his career. With some NFL coaching, he has the upside to be the Bears' right tackle for at least the length of his rookie contract.