5 Prospects the Chicago Bears will likely consider at nine after trade with Panthers

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Chicago Bears, Peter Skoronski
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The last guy I think we could see the Chicago Bears consider with the ninth-overall pick is the best offensive lineman in the 2023 NFL Draft. I have Skoronski rated as a better prospect than Paris Johnson, however, I don't view him as a left tackle. His shorter arms are one main reason as any prospect with arms shorter than 33" usually does not work out as a left tackle. Ironically, Rashawn Slater, also from Northwestern had shorter arms but has been a fantastic left tackle. The difference is that Slater is more athletic than Skoronski.

I personally view Skoronski as a starting guard in the NFL. He would be a plug-and-play type of prospect. He could potentially be a right tackle as well, however, if I were to give him one spot to lock into in the NFL and become a consistent Pro Bowl offensive guard is the left guard spot. This is easily the best position he is suited for in my opinion.

Skoronski is also better suited for a gap-style rushing attack. The Chicago Bears run an outside zone scheme. The reason is that Skoronski has not been the best at getting to the second level. That said, he's not awful at it and should be fine in either scheme. Switching from left tackle to left guard could cause a bit of a transition period.

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A few names I'll throw out there who could also be considered at nine include any of the following:

  • Myles Murphy, EDGE - Clemson
  • Christian Gonzalez, CB - Oregon
  • Devon Witherspoon, CB - Illinois
  • Calijah Kancey, DT - Pittsburgh