Stat predictions for the Chicago Bears 2023 rookie draft class

Chicago Bears, Roschon Johnson
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Chicago Bears, Kendall Williamson
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Chicago Bears 7th-Round Draft Pick: Kendall Williamson, S

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Bell may have been selected 40 spots ahead of Kendall Williamson in the draft, but you could argue that the latter has a better chance of making the Bears' roster. The Bears opted not to resign special teams ace Deandre Houston-Carson in the offseason, and it looks like Williamson could get the first shot (alongside fellow special teamer Elijah Hicks) at filling his void.

The Stanford graduate is currently listed behind Jaquan Brisker at strong safety. Nevertheless, they probably don't want to rely on him or Hicks if either starter were to miss time.

They are still well under the cap, and it seems logical to project them adding another body with starting experience, especially considering Jackson is still working his way back from the Lisfranc injury he suffered late last season. However, Williamson's chances of sticking around look significantly better if the Bears enter the preseason with their current roster.


Williamson can also make a solid case for himself if he makes a positive impression early on in camp, as they had to see something they liked in him. With that said, projecting him to the practice squad feels like a safe call.