The Chicago Bears are ten games into the season. They are now past the first half and onto the back end. So, how have the Bears rookies looked at the halfway point of the 2023 season? Have they been better or worse than what we expected back in the spring when they were drafted?
Chicago Bears Round 1 Darnell Wright
Darnell Wright has shown everything Chicago Bears fans could want from someone who is a top-ten pick and a potential cornerstone for the future. He has had his issues and slip-ups in moments, but for a rookie, and considering the competition he has faced, you have to respect the year he put together.
In week one, he saw Rashan Gary, and while he lost a rep, he had plenty of wins. He lost to Shaq Barrett here and there in wee one as well, and while he did well against George Karlaftis, the Chiefs got the best of him with Chris Jones.
He allowed a sack to Montez Sweat but looked good as a run blocker in that game. He did similar against Danielle Hunter and then faced Maxx Crosby the week after.
The big names did not stop as he faced Cameron Jordan when the Chicago Bears played the Saints. Finally, the Panthers had a weak spot on the edges due to injury, and the Bears ran heavily on them.
Wright could use the bye after the gauntlet of pass rushers he has been through. Still, he has shown promise in both areas and should be a trusted starter.
Darnell Wright first half grade: B+