Chicago Bears come away with a haul in this updated 2023 NFL mock draft

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Chicago Bears, Zach Harrison
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The Chicago Bears look to the defensive side of the ball

. 94. . 490. . . DE. Zach Harrison

The defensive side of the ball needs to be addressed too. I'll be honest, I wanted to go with a defensive end much earlier in the draft. Unfortunately, things just did not work out as I planned. Ryan Poles brings in another Ohio State Buckeye with the 94th-overall pick in the third round. I had to trade up to get him though. I sent picks 103 and 150 to the Eagles for 94.

Zach Harrison has not lived up to expectations. He has never seen more than 3.5 sacks in a season. Why would I draft him now then? Even though Harrison did not show up on the stat sheet, he has shown flashes of what he could become. His 6'6" and 270-pound frame makes him the perfect type of pass rusher for a 4-3 defense.

When we watch his film, a few things stand out. Harrison uses his length to bend around the edge. He is best against bigger, slower tackles. He struggles more against quick tackles who have good balance and an ability to plant and hold the edge. The biggest problem he has though is he seems to only have one move. You never see him make any counter-moves to the inside. His hand techniques need some development as well. However, these things can be taught at the next level.

With the additions of Yannick Ngakoue and Zach Allen, Zach Harrison can be a rotational piece on the defensive line. He is a solid run defender and does not get caught over pursuing and losing containment very often. Adding him in the third round makes perfect sense.