Ranking 5 day two interior DL Chicago Bears must consider in 2023 NFL draft

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The Chicago Bears need to continue to build their defensive line. If they do not add Jalen Carter in the first round, they will be looking to hit this need with one of their picks from that run of 53, 61, and 64 to start the third round.

If the Chicago Bears do wait until that range, these will be the five names most likely to be options.

5. Is Zacch Pickens from South Carolina on Chicago Bears radar?

Zacch Pickens is a player we highlighted as an option back at the Senior Bowl. Pickens was a highly recruited player and one of the better known recruits to end up with the Gamecocks. While he did not live up to the hype in college, he does possess some traits that make him intriguing in the NFL.

He played more in the A-gap as a nose in college, and may be unleashed a bit more in the B-gap. Beyond that, as his high school profile showed, this is a player with the physical traits. His tape is inconsistent if anything, and he struggles to unlock his hands as relies solely on getting a good first step to make plays in the backfield.

If a team can get him to use his hands more as a pass rusher, and if he can anchor a little better in the run game this is a high-upside player with serious potential. Right now, he is up and down you have to accept that if you take him with a top-75 pick. That is his expected range right now, so you could argue that 64 is a little bit high, but if they pass on him there they will not get him later.