Stat predictions for the Chicago Bears 2023 rookie draft class

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Chicago Bears, Zacch Pickens
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Chicago Bears 2023 3rd-Round Pick: Zacch Pickens, DT

25 tackles, 3 TFLs, 5.5 sacks

The Bears addressed the defensive tackle position again with the selection of Zacch Pickens in the third round. Dexter might have a much higher ceiling, but Pickens is more ready to make an impact as a pass-rusher from day one, as he possesses very solid quickness and a solid set of moves to get to the quarterback.

The former five-star recruit might not have lived up to his reputation in college, but he still flashed moments of greatness on the interior. However, he is still incredibly raw and has a long way to go before he is a finished product.

Pickens' biggest weakness is clear: He is not stout against the run. The Bears could give him a chance to play some early downs since they used a valuable draft pick on him, but they might be better off limiting his snap count to keep him fresh for passing situations.

If they use him correctly, there is no reason that he can't become an effective pass-rusher early on in his career. It wouldn't even be surprising to see Pickens finish the year with one or two more sacks than his counterpart, especially if he is the preferred player on third down until Dexter gets his first step fixed.