ESPN has the Panthers finishing with the 10th overall pick and unfortunately, the Chicago Bears finishing with the 11th overall pick. This means the Bears finished with more than three wins. Looking back at how the league wrapped up the 2022 season, ESPN is projecting both teams to finish with six or seven wins each.
The only thing that's good about the outcome ESPN is projecting, is that the Bears will end up with two top-10 picks next year. That gives the team plenty of ammunition to make some dramatic moves or decide on staying put and landing two top-10 prospects. Personally, I am enamored by Marvin Harrison, Jr. Landing only him would make me a happy fan — even if it meant trading both picks to move up to the third pick in the draft. I truly believe he is that good of a prospect. That said, adding Harrison to the roster still probably isn't the best outcome.
Walking away with two top-10 prospects should improve the Chicago Bears roster in a more balanced way than just one player. This especially holds true since the team is trying to rebuild through the draft and needs as much young, top-level talent as anyone. This organization has struggled for years and it is time for it to turn a corner for the better. All signs are at least pointing to a brighter future, but there are no guarantees. If the Bears land these two prospects, they will be continuing down the right path. Who are the two prospects and how will they help?