5 Chicago Bears with most on the line in 2023 NFL Draft

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Chicago Bears, Trevis Gipson
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3. What do Chicago Bears really think of Trevis Gipson?

It is clear the Chicago Bears wanted to see something out of Trevis Gipson when they traded Robert Quinn halfway through last year. It set up Gipson with a shot to lead the edge group in snaps and prove that he can hang.

He was not just bad, he was one of the worst defenders in the league on the edge. This was stunning because he was solid in a rotation, but once attention shifted to him and he had to carry the load, he was blanked. It does bring a real question of whether the Bears see any future with him.

When you break down the edge group, both Rasheem Green and DeMarcus Walker are going to start over Trevis Gipson. Dominique Robinson was behind Gipson last year, but this is his second season, so you could expect a bit of a rise.

Beyond that, Robinson is a Ryan Poles draft pick, and Gipson is someone they inherited. Gipson has one more year on his rookie deal and then he is gone. He may not even make the roster if the Bears draft an edge rusher or two, let alone get an extension offer. Gipson also could be a player who is traded during training camp before cutdowns.

So, this will be a weekend that determines his future. If the Bears draft a mid-round edge rusher, he will be in the mix to compete. If they draft someone in round two, Gipson has to feel his seat getting hot. If they draft multiple edge rushers, we should be looking for the Trevis Gipson trade for a conditional pick.