Chicago Bears: 4 Weakest position groups heading into 2023

Chicago Bears, Trevis Gipson
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Chicago Bears, Justin Jones
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Chicago Bears Weakest Position No. 2: Defensive Tackle 

As of now, the Bears have Justin Jones and recent free agent signing Andrew Billings are listed as starters, neither of whom are particularly exciting players from a talent or production standpoint

Much like offensive tackle, the Bears have young talent on the defensive line, but whether or not that young talent is enough to elevate what was one of the worst interior lines in football a year ago remains to be seen.

Draft selections Gervon Dexter and Zacch Pickens give will likely get immediate playing time, and Travis Bell could work his way into the rotation with a strong training camp and preseason. 

However, the Bears seem to be putting far too much pressure on their rookies to contribute. If this were a position like wide receiver or edge, where rookies regularly make meaningful contributions, it would be one thing, but defensive tackle is one of the most top-heavy positions in the league, meaning high-end talent is far less ubiquitous, even in the earlier rounds. 

The Bears’ added emphasis on the defensive tackle position in this year’s draft may ultimately pay dividends, but it’s unlikely to offer great immediate value. This may be another rough year for Chicago in the trenches.