5 Chicago Bears losers from 2023 NFL Draft

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Chicago Bears, Jack Sanborn
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1. Chicago Bears did not view Jack Sanborn the same way fans did

About four months ago, there were talks comparing Jack Sanborn to Brian Urlacher. How the mighty have fallen. The Sanborn story was always a little too cult hero-esque to be legitimate. However, it is surprising to see how far the Bears went to squash it.

When the team signed TJ Edwards, the thought was that he would be a compliment to Sanborn. When they signed Edmunds, Sanborn dropped to the SAM role, which is closer to 30% of the snaps. As if that dropoff was not enough, they drafted Noah Sewell in round four of the 2023 NFL draft.

Sanborn and Sewell will compete at the SAM role next season. While Sanborn may have a slight edge, it is pretty clear the Bears had a better draft grade on Sewell, and it may not be long until Sewell is in that role.

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Sanborn will bring special teams value, and he may even hold onto that SAM role. However, from the perception that he could be one of the two starters to a chance that he does not see the field on defense all season is one heck of a drop-off. This was not a fun weekend for Jack Sanborn.