Chicago Bears Mock Draft: Ryan Poles adds another first-rounder, builds up trenches

The Chicago Bears make multiple trades, adding a third first-round pick. Poles ends up with five picks in the top 100 and adds help in the trenches.

Chicago Bears, Michael Hall, Jr.
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Nov 25, 2023; Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes defensive tackle Michael Hall Jr. (51)
Nov 25, 2023; Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes defensive tackle Michael Hall Jr. (51) / Adam Cairns/Columbus Dispatch / USA

The Chicago Bears make one final trade

This time, Ryan Poles moves back up again. He makes a trade with his former team to move up from 115 overall into the third round at 95th overall. This means all five picks in this draft are top 100 prospects for Chicago, but what did Poles have to give up to move up 20 spots?

Bears Receive
3.95
2025 4th Round Pick

Chiefs Receive
4.115
2025 3rd Round Pick

The Bears walk away with a third-round pick in 2024 while giving up a third-rounder in 2025. Essentially, they just swapped their third and fourth-round picks with the Chiefs over the next two drafts. Why would Ryan Poles move up though?

3.95: Michael Hall, Jr., DT | Ohio State

Finally, Ryan Poles gives Matt Eberflus another defensive line piece to work with after going all offense with the first four picks. Remember, I wanted to go defensive end sooner but the draft didn't fall the way I wanted it to. Michael Hall isn't an end, but he brings another pass-rusher to a defensive front that is being built nicely through the draft and free agency.

On paper, it appears Hall had a more efficient 2022 season than 2023 season. He finished with 4.5 sacks, 7.5 tackles for loss and 19 total tackles. Last year he only finished with 1.5 sacks and two tackles for loss, but did finish with 24 total tackles. What you might not see though is that he had 22 pressures in 2023. This is because Hall has a good burst off of the line and I think Matt Eberflus would love to have him added to his defensive tackle rotation. He has more upside than Zacch Pickens in this role and with Gervon Dexter's versatility to play both the 3T and defensive end, Hall would fit in nicely.

Strengths

  • Burst off the line of scrimmage
  • High motor
  • Hand techniques and countermoves
  • Power/strength

Weaknesses

  • Struggles against double teams
  • Battled through injuries
  • Can disappear at times
  • Lacks elite size

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