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The CHGO Bears 100: Notes on our top targets for the Chicago Bears in the 2023 NFL Draft

Adam Hoge Avatar
April 26, 2023

The 2023 NFL Draft begins in Kansas City on Thursday night and we’re proud to say that we’re more than ready. We’ve spent the last four months poring over scouting reports and grinding tape so that we’re prepared for the most important Chicago Bears draft in recent memory.

You’re looking at the result: The CHGO Bears 100 is a comprehensive list curated specifically for the needs and schemes of the Chicago Bears. Continue reading for looks at our top 100 players with notes from Adam Hoge, Nicholas Moreano, Will DeWitt and Mark Carman

🏉 = Hoge’s favorites
🚑 = Medical/injury issue to monitor
🚩 = Significant red flag
🐻 = Bears H.I.T.S. fit

To access our complete database with more film notes, highlights and video analysis, click here.

🏉 1. Will Anderson — Alabama EDGE
6-3 1/2, 253 pounds

Hoge’s Notes: You won’t find a more decorated and productive prospect in this draft than Will Anderson, who started all 41 games over the last three seasons and delivered 34.5 sacks and 62 TFLs over that time. Went from Freshman All-American to unianimous All-American x2. Explosive, twitchy rusher who can bend and win with leverage. Motor is always running, almost to a fault because he has a tendency to overpursue and miss tackles. Anderson is a technician who studies and is always looking to add moves to his arsenal. Perhaps doesn’t have the ideal build for a 4-3 defensive end, but Anderson is crafty enough to fit any scheme. Worthy of being the No. 1 overall selection in the draft

🏉 2. Peter Skoronski — Northwestern OT
6-4, 315 pounds

Hoge’s Notes: Peter Skoronski’s tape is as consistent as it comes. Three-year starter at left tackle, including as a true freshman in 2020. Skoronski has outstanding vision and instincts to read and react to stunts/games quickly. Concerns about his arm length could mean an eventual switch to guard, but it would be irresponsible not to try him at tackle first. He’s too good of a tackle not to give him a chance. Skoronski has the best tape and highest floor of any prospect in the entire draft.


🚩3. Jalen Carter — Georgia IDL
6-3, 314 pounds

Hoge’s Notes: Probably the most dominant prospect in the draft, but off-the-field questions are forcing teams to dive deep into Carter’s background. Even before the legal situation arose, there were legitimate questions in NFL circles about Carter’s focus on football, maturity and ability to co-exist in an NFL locker room. The motor runs hot when it’s running, but it shorts out too much. Is that desire or a conditioning issue? Injuries have been an issue. Regardless, there’s no questioning Carter’s talent. His tape is a joy to watch. He moves like a linebacker in a defensive tackle’s body. If he arrives to the NFL with a desire to be the best defensive tackle in the league, there’s no doubt he can be. In a perfect world, he’s exactly what the Bears need. Georgia used him as a blocker in goal-line situations and he blocked 3 kicks in college too. Plus, he can punt!

🚑 4. Tyree Wilson — Texas Tech EDGE
6-5 5/8, 271 pounds

Hoge’s Notes: Built like an ideal 4-3 defensive end with long arms. Went from a rarely used bench piece at Texas A&M to a player who kept getting better all 3 years at Texas Tech. Still just scratching the surface of his ability. Will need to win with more power than bend at the next level. Missed final 3 games, Senior Bowl and Combine because of a right foot injury that required surgery and a screw. Huge ceiling, but will need to time to develop into a star with the right coaching. Motor runs hot, but instincts are questionable. How did he not bat down a single pass with his size/length at the line of scrimmage?

🏉 5. Bijan Robinson — Texas RB
5-11, 215 lbs

Hoge’s Notes: Full package at running back. Can reach top speed in the open field and run away. Elusive and powerful. Only complaint is that he could run angrier. Pass pro adjustment in the NFL might be the only issue early on. Should be a fantasy football star from Day 1.

6. Christian Gonzalez — Oregon CB
6-1 3/8, 197

Hoge’s Notes: Played two years at Colorado before following his DBs coach to Oregon. Ball skills blossomed with the Ducks (11 PD, 4 INT). Dangerous after the INT. Plenty special teams experience. Good work ethic reputation. Better in man than zone. Only 3 PI calls in 3 years.

7. Devon Witherspoon — Illinois CB
5-11 1/2, 181 pounds

Hoge’s Notes: Went from not recruited to junior college to starting at Illinois in a matter of months. Outstanding instincts and vision to read QBs and make plays on the ball. Willing, aggressive tackler. Light and might not be able to carry more weight. Dealt with a hamstring at the Combine and didn’t work out. Better in man than zone.

(Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports)

8. Calijah Kancey — Pitt IDL
6-1, 281 pounds

Hoge’s Notes: A prototypical, penetrating three-technique who is a pass-rushing nightmare. Uses his smaller stature to gain leverage and get upfield. The big question is how he’ll hold up against the run at the next level. Double teams will be a problem unless he gets much stronger. Very unlikely he would fall to the Bears at No. 53. Arms are extremely short.

9. Paris Johnson Jr. — Ohio State OT
6-6, 313 pounds

Hoge’s Notes: Top-end athlete with elite length at the position. Prototypical left tackle on paper, but only played there for one season at Ohio State. Johnson moves his feet easily to get in proper position and his lower-half technique is strong. Upper-half strength and hands need to get better. Got away with plenty of bear hugs in the Big Ten that will get called at the next level. Gave up a sack in the Peach Bowl. Should be a good NFL player, but is not a slam dunk. Film simply isn’t as good/consistent as Skoronski’s. Johnson has the higher ceiling as a tackle, but a lower floor overall because Skoronski’s floor as a guard is enormous.

10. Darnell Wright — Tennessee OT
6-5 1/8, 335 pounds

Hoge’s notes: Great hands. If he locks on, you’re done. Was inconsistent and somewhatdisappointing during Senior Bowl practices, but had a better game. Best tape came against Alabama’s Will Anderson, which matters. Doesn’t have a ton of experience in zone-based schemes, but can’t rule it out if he’s playing right tackle. Not the most athletic of the top OTs. Lack of fit in Bears’ scheme is concerning though. Somewhat of a one-year wonder at Tennessee after being highly recruited out of high school. GREAT run blocker. Played right tackle in 2022 and looked a lot better than he did at left tackle in 2021.

11. Jaxon Smith-Njigba — Ohio State WR
6-0 5/8, 197 pounds

Hoge’s Notes: Easily the most skilled route runner in the NFL Draft. He might not have elite burner speed, but his short-area quickness is unmatched. Frequently runs routes and gets open over the middle of the field. Hamstring injury limited him to 3 games in 2022, but he broke the single-season Big Ten receiving yards record in 2021 and put him 347 yards in the Rose Bowl. Will be best in the slot at the next level. Caught 10 passes for 49 yards and 1 TD from Justin Fields in 2020.

12. Myles Murphy — Clemson EDGE
6-4 3/4, 268 pounds

Hoge’s Notes: Looks the part and is physically gifted, but production at Clemson was a a tad underwhelming and he never seemed to get better. Murphy is still raw with his skill set and is going to need time to develop as a rookie. Could get by as a low-end starter on his talents alone, but will need to put in a lot of work if he wants to live up to a possible first-round selection. Dealt with a hamstring injury at the Combine, but ran at his pro day.

13. Zay Flowers — Boston College WR
5-9 1/4, 182 pounds

Hoge’s notes: On the smaller end size-wise, but plays bigger than he is. Short arms are a legitimate concerns when it comes to catch radius. Quick, crafty route-runner who will compete to the end of every rep. Very willing blocker. BC coaches love him and opposing coaches respect the hell out of him. Tons of experience and never missed a game.

14. Joey Porter, Jr. — Penn State CB
6-2 1/2, 193 pounds

Hoge’s Notes: Size, length and NFL bloodlines are intriguing. Porter was extremely fun to watch at Penn State because of his length and aggressiveness. Penalty prone. Dropped INTs were a problem. Only 1 career INT in 4 years at Penn State (21 PBUs). Doesn’t have a ton of zone experience, but could adapt and it might actually put him in a better position to succeed. That’s a risky projection though.

15. Broderick Jones — Georgia OT
6-5, 311 pounds

Hoge’s Notes: Big, inexperienced prospect that plays with power and nastiness. Loves to finish plays and it shows up on tape. There’s some Teven Jenkins to his game. Technique needs to get better, as do his hands, which are massive. Probably needs some development time before he’ll be consistent at the NFL level. Could be a very good guard if it doesn’t work out on the outside.

16. Nolan Smith — Georgia LB
6-2 1/4, 238 pounds

Hoge’s Notes: After a really strong NFL Combine (including a 4.39 40-time), it’s hard to figure out what to do with Nolan Smith. His production doesn’t match the athleticism and his tape shows a pass rusher who lacks a plan and defined moves. Perhaps that can be taught with good coaching at the NFL level, but it could also be a warning sign that he’ll struggle as an edge rusher. When he’s farther off the ball, Smith makes plays with his speed and athleticism, which makes me wonder if he could be an elite WILL linebacker in the Bears’ 4-3 defense. Otherwise, he’s probably a better fit as a 3-4 EDGE. Pectoral tear ended his senior year after 8 games. Didn’t lift at the Combine. Coaches love this kid and he was very impressive with his interviews in Indy.

17. Dalton Kincaid — Utah TE
6-3, 246 pounds

Moreano’s Film Notes: Dalton Kincaid had his highest-rated game against USC last season (93.6), according to PFF. Kincaid finished with 16 receptions for 234 yards and a touchdown. Kincaid showed everything you want to see out of a tight end in this 43-42 win over the Trojans. Starting with his blocking. Utah had him cross the formation or go in motion and fit the edge defender and Kincaid did that with force. Plenty of blocks that had some ‘Pop’ to them. (Curious to see how he would hold up as a blocker at the next level.) As a receiver, Kincaid can turn a simple 5-yard hitch route to an explosive play. Against the Trojans, he constantly turned upfield after securing the catch. He also used his 6-foot-3 frame to high point the football over the middle of the field and along the sideline. Big-time playmaker and HUGE reason why the Utes upset the Trojans.

18. Lukas Van Ness — Iowa EDGE
6-5, 272 pounds

Hoge’s Notes: Ideal size and length to play 4-3 defensive end. Elite bull rusher that caused problems for both Paris Johnson Jr. and Peter Skoronski. Two blocked punts against Iowa State in 2022. Can kick inside on sub-packages if necessary. Already very good against the run, Van Ness needs some coaching/seasoning on his pass rush moves and he should really take off at the next level. The Bears are an ideal scheme fit.

19. Jahmyr Gibbs — Alabama RB
5-9, 199 pounds

Hoge’s Notes: Electric Swiss Army knife. Can be an explosive weapon out of the backfield, in the slot and as a kick returner. Bigger version of Tarik Cohen with much better vision/understanding of blocking. Willing and aggressive in pass pro. More than capable of playing on every down, but will need to prove that his workload can hold up. He was never a workhorse in college and he doesn’t have the same mass as Bijan Robinson.

🏉 20. Emmanuel Forbes — Mississippi State CB
6-0 3/4, 166 pounds

Hoge’s Notes: Incredible playmaker who constantly finds the football. Insane production with 35 PBUs, 14 INTs and 6 INTs for TDs (4 over 59 yards) in 36 college games. Despite wiry frame, Forbes only missed one game in college. He’s only 166 pounds and hasn’t proven he can carry more weight, but that is really his only blemish.

🏉 21. John Michael Schmitz — Minnesota IOL
6-3 3/8, 301 pounds

Hoge’s Notes: Big center who can pull and move easily in an outside zone scheme. Physical. Four-time All-B1G Academic Team. Might be the top center in the draft. Average athlete.

🏉 22. Keeanu Benton — Wisconsin IDL
6-3 1/2, 312 pounds

Hoge’s Notes: Versatile interior defensive lineman who can fit multiple schemes. Absolutely dominated Senior Bowl practices. Will dominate the run while also providing impactful pass rush ability. Average athlete, but plays with a high motor and can change direction. Possible comp: Chris Jones.

🏉 23. Adetomiwa Adebawore — Northwestern IDL
6-1 5/8, 280 pounds

Hoge’s Notes: One of the most fascinating prospects ever. Tape and production at Northwestern were just average, but Adebawore tested better than any 3-technique in the history of the NFL Combine. A few months ago, some NFL teams had undraftable grades on him — now he looks like a lock for the second round. Adebawore’s elite explosiveness makes him a perfect NFL 3-tech, but he needs to be coached up on technique and hand-usage. Still, flashes on tape make you drool. Against Ohio State, he drew a hold on the first play and registered a pressure against a triple-team. Given his work ethic, coachability and academic prowess, there’s no reason to think Adebawore won’t keep getting better at the next level.

24. Brian Branch — Alabama S
6-0, 193 pounds

Hoge’s Notes: Doesn’t have ideal size or length. Small frame might not hold up at safety. Still, production can’t be argued. Finds the football and makes tackles. Dangerous blitzer with 14 TDLs and 3 sacks in 2022. Might be best suited as a slot CB in Bears defense.

25. Quentin Johnston — TCU WR
6-2 3/4, 208 pounds

Hoge’s Notes: Looks like he was built in a video game to play outside in the NFL. Has every physical trait you would want in a true X-receiver. Unfortunately, he doesn’t always play the part. Lack of physicality in his game is concerning considering he should over power every college corner. Tracks the ball well downfield and will make the flashy catch. Team captain with zero character concerns. More drops than TDs last season is concerning. Hasn’t run the full route tree and will need development time as a rookie.

26. Jordan Addison — USC WR
5-11 1/8, 173 pounds

Hoge’s Notes: Twitchy, experienced slot option that won the Biletnikoff Award at Pitt in 2021. Smaller than JSN and won’t play with the same strength to break tackles. Big time player in the end zone (a ridiculous 17 TDs at Pitt in 2021). Production went down at USC, but so did his drop rate. Punt return experience. RAS score was disappointing.

27. O’Cyrus Torrance — Florida IOL
6-4 7/8, 330 pounds

Hoge’s Notes: Very consistent, reliable player who has been a guard his entire college career. Went to Louisiana-Lafayette before transferring to Florida in 2022. Never allowed a sack in college. Probably a plug-and-play starter for some team, but lack of foot-quickness might not make him the best fit for the Bears.

28. Joe Tippman — Wisconsin IOL
6-6, 317 pounds

Hoge’s Notes: Two-year starter at center at Wisconsin. Moves extremely well, getting to the second-level with ease. Can pull with no problem. Not a ton of outside-zone experience, but should be fine at center in the Bears’ scheme. Much better athlete than John Michael Schmitz, which gives him versatility to potentially play guard. Slightly longer arms than JMS, but much bigger hands at 10 3/4 inches.

29. Darnell Washington — Georgia TE
6-6 5/8, 264 pounds

Hoge’s Notes: Strong, massive tight end with an extremely long wingspan. Washington was used more as a blocker at Georgia, partially because of his size and partially because the Bulldogs also had Brock Bowers. Washington is a unique player, but should be able to find the field in a variety of ways, first as a blocker and eventually as a talented pass catcher.

30. Luke Musgrave — Oregon State TE
6-5, 253 pounds

Hoge’s Notes: Has a chance to be top tight end drafted. Natural hands and pass-catching ability. Runs smooth routes. More work needed on blocking ability. Missed most of 2022 with an injury. Medical check at the NFL Combine will be interesting.

31. Michael Mayer — Notre Dame TE
6-4, 252 pounds

Moreano’s Film Notes: Mayer had his highest-rated game again BYU last season (92.5), according to PFF. Mayer caught 11 passes for 108 yards and two touchdowns against BYU in the 28-20 victory. His two touchdown receptions displayed a tight end who understands how to run precise routes and also someone who will extends his arms to catch the football away from his body. He also made several catches with defenders all over him. As a blocker, Mayer was inconsistent. At times, he would have a good base and play with good leverage to secure the edge. Other times he lower his head and missed on blocks. (Saw way too many times where he just tried to lead with the shoulder and whiffed.)

Mar 4, 2023; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Notre Dame tight end Michael Mayer (TE10) participates in drills at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

🚑 32. Bryan Bresee — Clemson IDL
6-5, 305 pounds

Hoge’s Notes: Hype out-weighs the productivity. Injuries are a concern as he tore his ACL in 2021 and dealt with a shoulder last year. Probably best suited as a five-technique in a 3-4 defense, so might not be the best fit for the Bears. 15-year-old sister died of cancer in Sept. 2022. Adversity of torn ACL and passing of his sister cannot be ignored.

🚑 33. B.J. Ojulari — LSU EDGE
6-2 3/8, 248 pounds

Hoge’s Notes: Slightly undersized with average arm length, Ojulari makes up for it with a relentless motor and polished pass rush moves. Effort stands out constantly and results in pressures even when he doesn’t get the sacks. Coaches love him and he’d be a great culture fit for the Bears. Dealt with a knee injury in 2021 and couldn’t do Combine drills because of a hamstring issue. Might be penciled in as a 3-4 EDGE guy, but he has the versatility and will to play in any scheme.

34. Steve Avila — TCU IOL
6-3 1/8, 332 pounds

Hoge’s Notes: Surprisingly agile for his size. Played every position at some point in college, but most of his experience came at center and guard (played left guard all of 2022). Mostly an inside-zone player, but has the versatility to work in multiple schemes.

🏉 35. Cody Mauch — North Dakota State IOL
6-4, 302 pounds

Hoge’s Notes: Gained 82 pounds while at North Dakota State, transforming from a tight end to a left tackle — and maintained his athleticism the entire time. Mauch played OT at North Dakota State, but short arms could mean a switch to guard in the NFL. He’s one of the more athletic offensive linemen in this entire draft class and should be a scheme-fit for the Bears, even with limited outside-zone work at NDSU. Moves easily and plays with a nastiness, always finishing blocks. The concerns? He’s an older prospect at 24, still needs to get better in pass protection and will need an adjustment period at guard.

36. Dawand Jones — Ohio State OT
6-8 1/8, 374 pounds

Hoge’s Notes: Massive player who is a right tackle only. Feet are incredible for his size. Questionable decision to sit out the last two Senior Bowl practices after dominating Day 1. It’s easy to wonder if pass rushers would have adjusted and attacked him differently, but we’ll never know. Can handle power with ease, but susceptible to change of direction moves (i.e. spin move). If the Bears want to put a wall up at right tackle, this could be their guy. Jones might not test like an elite athlete because he’s so damn big, but he’s surprisingly mobile on tape and has outside-zone experience while blocking for a mobile quarterback.

🏉 37. Darius Rush — South Carolina CB 🐻
6-1 7/8, 198 pounds

Hoge’s Notes: Very intriguing combination of speed and length. Covers with great route recognition. Looks like a former WR (because he was one). Flags were never a problem. Wears a size 15 shoe! Voted practice player of the week (among CBs) at Senior Bowl. Great character and coaches love him. Late-bloomer who didn’t take off until he was moved to CB in 2021. Might be a better fit in man than zone.

38. Clark Phillips III — Utah CB
5-9, 184 pounds

Hoge’s Notes: Lacks ideal speed and length, but he makes up for it with his instincts, twitch and closing speed. Team captain who puts in constant preparation. Ball skills and production are very impressive with four pick-6s.

🏉 39. Rashee Rice — SMU WR 🐻
6-0 5/8, 204 pounds

Hoge’s Notes: Not the fastest guy, but coaches rave about how professional he is. Production took off in 2022 when he moved outside. Broke Emmanuel Sanders’ single-season receiving record at SMU. Crafty at creating space and winning jump balls. Tough. Played and practiced through injuries. Absolutely loves football. Embraces blocking. Fit for Getsy’s offense. Too many drops. Needs to be more consistent.

40. Derick Hall — Auburn EDGE
6-2 3/4, 252 pounds

Will and Nick’s notes: Explosive and strong combo: can get off the snap and get after QBs – but also known for his strength where he can set the edge and defend the run -> and he knows how to tap into leverage to turn his speed and explosiveness into true power. People raved about his violent hands during the Senior Bowl week. Needs to work on his rush plan and develop more counter moves. Is he best suited as a standup OLB more than a hand in the dirt DE?

41. Mazi Smith — Michigan IDL
6-3, 323 pounds

Hoge’s Notes: Massive, powerful interior d-lineman who has done well to reshape his body and dominate the weight room. Durable. More of a 1-technique than 3-technique.

42. Anton Harrison — Oklahoma OT
6-4, 315 pounds

Hoge’s Notes: “Good-enough” athlete, but not special enough for the first round, in my opinion. Tackle only. Has improved each season, which is promising. Needs to add strength and get better as a run-blocker. Probably not a Day 1 starter.

43. Jalin Hyatt — Tennessee WR
6-0 1/8, 176 pounds

Hoge’s Notes: Vertical threat with more straight-line speed than JSN and Jordan Addison. Goes up and attacks the football. Can block, but isn’t elite at it. 5 TDs vs Alabama. One-year wonder at Tennessee who was slot-only. Limited route tree. Can be a home run hitter at the next level, but won’t be an overall seasoned wide receiver as a rookie. Slender frame. Suffered hamstring tightness at the NFL Combine. Eight pounds lighter at Combine than Pro Day.

44. Tyler Scott — Cincinnati WR
5-9 7/8, 177 pounds

Hoge’s Notes: Smaller receiver, but has very good speed and separation. Changes gear easily. Deep ball catcher, which would be very intriguing with Justin Fields. Tracks the ball downfield very well. Durable and a great gunner on punt. Physicality and blocking need work. Didn’t play WR in high school and is still ascending at the position.

45. Kelee Ringo — Georgia CB
6-1 3/4, 207 pounds

Hoge’s Notes: Big and fast with outstanding hands. Plenty of ball production that gets you excited. Questionable instincts and awareness that might always be an issue, but the highlights are there.

46. Deonte Banks — Maryland CB
6-0 1/8, 197 pounds

Hoge’s Notes: Great size and athleticism (with top vertical among CBs). Better in man than zone. Good tape vs Marvin Harrison Jr. Penalties were a problem. Production lacking.

47. Felix Anudike-Uzomah — Kansas State EDGE
6-3 1/8, 255 pounds

Hoge’s Notes: Fun player with a high motor and a chip on his shoulder. After being under-recruited and having to walk-on at Kansas State, FAU was immediately productive once made a starter in 2021. Durable, never missing a game, but didn’t work out at the Combine because of a right foot injury. Needs a change up to his fastball. Average get-off. Ideally your No. 2 pass rusher, not No. 1.’

48. Josh Downs — North Carolina WR
5-8 3/4, 171 pounds

Hoge’s Notes: Uncle is Dre Bly (current Lions DBs coach). Reception magnet (led ACC in 2021 and 2022). Very athletic and a good route runner. Small and inexperienced vs press. Needs to play in slot, but can be a dynamic weapon there.

49. Will McDonald IV — Iowa State EDGE
6-3 1/2, 241 pounds

Will and Nick’s Notes: Fast off the snap, that quick first step is a problem for opposing tackles. Good natural length and high-motor. Needs to add more strength to improve defending the run and to be better at the point of attack, where he doesn’t win as often as you’d like.

Will McDonald IV (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

50. Keion White — Georgia Tech EDGE
6-4 3/8, 280 pounds

Will and Nick’s notes: Edge guy who can be hand in dirt OR standup rusher. Plus – can bounce inside and collapse the pocket from the interior and pressure QBs., Another red hot motor guy. Stronger than he looks. Can walk OL back with leg power and strength. Still learning the position and a little bit raw – like Dominique Robinson, and the Bears should weigh that as he may need time to season.

51. Isaiah Foskey — Notre Dame EDGE 🐻
6-5 1/8, 264 pounds

Hoge’s Notes: Good production with 24.5 TFL and 22 sacks in 25 total games the last two years (broke Justin Tuck’s ND sack record with 26.5 total). 7 career forced fumbles. Team captain. Embodies the HITS principle with his relentlessness. Good size and strength with room to add more. Needs to be better against the run. Pass rush moves need polishing. Struggled against Paris Johnson Jr. and Dawand Jones in 2022. 3 career blocked punts. Lost to Bryce Young (Mater Dei) in the 2018 California state championship game. Father was in the Navy and a police officer.

52. Matthew Bergeron — Syracuse OT
6-4 7/8, 318 pounds

Hoge’s Notes: Better pass protector than run blocker. Good eyes, processing and passing off stunts. Experience on both sides. Arms are on shorter end. Just a solid player who would be a good pick in the third round.

🏉 53. Jayden Reed — Michigan State WR
5-10 3/4, 191 pounds

Hoge’s Notes: Great route running. Impressive releases. Concerns about speed, but timed as the fastest player on the field on Day 1 at Senior Bowl. Looked comfortable catching punts.

54. Karl Brooks — Bowling Green IDL
6-3 3/8, 303 pounds

Hoge’s Notes: Had a great week at the Senior Bowl. Intriguing prospect to keep an eye on.

55. Gervon Dexter — Florida IDL
6-5 5/8, 310 pounds

Hoge’s Notes: Big, athletic and extremely durable. Lack of production is concerning, especially considering how many snaps he played. Still developing. 2 INTs!

56. Cedric Tillman — Tennessee WR
6-3, 215 pounds

Carm’s notes: Started six games (37-417-11.3, three TDs) because of a left ankle injury that required surgery. He opted out of Vols bowl game. Not a burner … physical.

🏉 57. Tank Dell — Houston WR
5-8 3/8, 163 pounds

Hoge’s Notes: Smaller receiver, but outstanding quickness and route running ability. Dangerous with the ball in his hands. Can stop on a dime and redirect. 4.49 40-time was a little disappointing, but Dell’s came is more about short-area quickness than straight-line speed.

58. Sam LaPorta — Iowa TE
6-3, 245 pounds

Moreano’s Film Notes: Sam LaPorta had his highest-graded game against Minnesota last season (91.3 grade), according to PFF. LaPorta had four receptions for 95 yards. First play of the game was a well-designed tight slip screen to the middle of the field. LaPorta took that pass for 58 yards. Iowa lined him out wide several times throughout the game, including on a third-and-6 that he converted on a slant route. LaPorta adjusted to a low ball by the quarterback on that play. He did a good job blocking in this game as well, sealing on the edge and make a block on a linebacker at the second level. He did tear his meniscus in this game and played a snap after the injury, making a block. Only played the first half, but did return four weeks later to play in Music City Bowl.

59. DJ Turner — Michigan CB
5-11 1/4, 178 pounds

Hoge’s Notes: Speedy, undersized corner with decent ball production despite having limited length. Will struggle against big receivers at the next level, but shows desired toughness. Probably a slot corner in the NFL. Source: “He is a solid all-around player (physically, athletically, and under the hood) likely under many radars.”

DJ Turner (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

60. Tucker Kraft — South Dakota State TE
6-4 3/4, 254 pounds

Hoge’s Notes: Moves very well for his size. Adjusts to the ball easily and makes tough catches. YAC ability is there. More drops (12) than TDs (9). Needs to prove himself as a blocker against tougher competition.

61. Devon Achane — Texas A&M RB
5-8, 188 pounds

Hoge’s Notes: Elite speedster who was an All-American track star at A&M too. Outstanding character and work ethic. Dangerous kick returner. Lacks ideal size and needs to get better in pass protection. Can catch the football but isn’t necessarily a polished route runner yet.

🏉 62. Tyjae Spears – Tulane RB
5-9, 201 pounds

Hoge’s Notes: Thick, quick running back who easily runs through arm tackles. One of the more electric players at the Senior Bowl. Outstanding bowl game against USC. Really fun player. Combination of vision and instincts make him a perfect fit in Bears’ scheme. Lives in the end zone (19 TDs in 2022).

63. Cam Mitchell — Northwestern CB
5-10 3/4, 191 pounds

Hoge’s Notes: Made an instant impact filling in for Greg Newsome in 2020. Picked off Justin Fields in the 2020 Big Ten Championship Game. Overall, INTs were lacking in coverage, but PBUs were there. He reads and reacts well and would be a very good fit in the Bears’ defense.

64. Drew Sanders — Arkansas LB
6-4 3/8, 235 pounds

Hoge’s Notes: After two years at Alabama, transferred to Arkansas and became their MIKE linebacker. Rangy and athletic enough to play multiple spots. Non-stop motor, but guilty of over-pursuing. Coach’s son.

65. Trenton Simpson — Clemson LB
6-2 3/8, 235 pounds

Hoge’s Notes: Played WILL and SAM in Clemson’s 4-3 defense, moving all over the defense. Never had an INT in college.

66. Siaki Ika — Baylor IDL
6-2 7/8, 335 pounds

Hoge’s Notes: Began his college career at LSU before transferring to Baylor (followed Dave Aranda). Pulled out of the Senior Bowl. Production disappeared in 2022. Nose tackle.

67. Antonio Johnson — Texas A&M S
6-1, 198 pounds

Hoge’s Notes: Box safety who plays well near the line of scrimmage, especially against the run. Experienced on punt/punt return. Missed tackles are noticeable. Only 8 bench press reps is alarming.

68. Cam Smith — South Carolina CB
6-0 3/4, 180 pounds

Hoge’s Notes: Wiry, explosive athlete who plays well downhill. Was much better in 2021 than 2022. Penalties were a major problem. Looks like a downhill, zone corner.

69. Ji’Ayir Brown — Penn State S 🐻
5-11 3/8, 203 pounds

Hoge’s Notes: Two-year starter at Penn State with outstanding production (10 INT, 19 PBUs). Team captain who coaches absolutely loved coaching. Instincts take him to the football and he has great hands to catch it. Return ability after the catch. Not twitched up, but plenty athletic enough for next level. Wasn’t recruited out of high school because of grades. Very close with Jaquan Brisker, who he played with at Lackawanna JC and Penn State. Can play on punt/special teams immediately. Good fit with HITS.

Ji’Ayir Brown (Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports)

70. Tuli Tuipulotu — USC EDGE
6-3, 266 pounds

Hoge’s Notes: Fun, relentless player that uses his instincts to find the football. Motor always runs hot, which led to a 22 TFL/13.5 sack season in 2022. Fits the HITS principle, but might not be an ideal 4-3 DE. Cousin is 49ers’ Talanoa Hufanga (and he plays like him). Didn’t test at Combine or Pro Day because of right hamstring injury.

71. Zach Harrison — Ohio State EDGE
6-5 1/2, 274 pounds

Hoge’s Notes: Outstanding size and incredible length (longest wingspan among all D-linemen in the draft). Production at Ohio State was underwhelming, but tape shows more disruption than the numbers. Grew up as a Bears fan in Ohio.

72. YaYa Diaby — Louisville EDGE
6-3 1/4, 264 pounds

Hoge’s Notes: About to turn 24 and was a one-year wonder in terms of production at Louisville. Height/weight/speed/explosion is all there, but why did it take so long to turn into a big 14 TFL/9 sack season?

🚑 73. Chandler Zavala — North Carolina State IOL
6-5, 325 pounds

Hoge’s Notes: Played left guard at North Carolina State and fits zone-based scheme. 24 years old already. Back surgery in 2021 and missed the last 7 games. Needs to be checked out.

🚩 74. Tyrique Stevenson — Miami CB
6-0 3/8, 198 pounds

Hoge’s Notes: Feisty corner known for getting under WRs skin (watch Florida State game). Started his career at Georgia, but they wanted him to move to safety. Arrest for disorderly conduct in Athens. Severe shoulder injury in 2021.

75. Julius Brents — Kansas State CB
6-2 3/4, 198 pounds

Hoge’s Notes: Played 3 years at Iowa before career took off at Kansas State. Long, extremely athletic corner with below-average ball skills.

Julius Brents ( Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports)

76. Daiyan Henley — Washington State LB
6-0 7/8, 230 pounds

Hoge’s Notes: Former QB turned WR turned S turned LB. Spent 5 seasons at Nevada before transferring to Washington State. Played WILL for WSU and projects to be a solid backup/core special teamer with upside to become a starter.

77. Nick Herbig — Wisconsin LB
6-2 1/8, 240 pounds

Hoge’s Notes: Very productive edge rusher in Badgers’ 3-4 defense. Lived in the backfield with 36 TFL and 21 sacks in just 31 games. Instant starter as a freshman who is wired to play ball wherever they put him. Too small to be a 4-3 defensive end, but talented enough to develop as a 4-3 off-the-ball LB.

78. Marvin Mims Jr. — Oklahoma WR
5-10 7/8, 183 pounds

Hoge’s Notes: Home run hitter who averaged 19.5 yards per catch in college and caught 20 TDs in 37 games. Speedy, vertical route runner who can play inside and out. Route running tree was limited at OU and his size/play strength will always be limited at the next level. Good punt returner, but had 2 muffs and 0 TDs.

79. Jonathan Mingo — Mississippi WR
6-1 3/4, 220 pounds

Hoge’s Notes: Not a twitchy receiver, but has good long speed and will win downfield. Big catch radius with near-40-inch vertical and will make spectacular one-handed catches. More drops (13) than TDs (12). There’s some Allen Robinson in his game.

80. Zacch Pickens — South Carolina IDL
6-3 5/8, 300 pounds

Hoge’s Notes: Looks the part with size and length. Durable, coachable and a team captain. Lack of production is alarming considering how many snaps he played. Probably played out of position at South Carolina (too much A-gap) and could be better utilized as a primary 3-technique.

81. Corey Trice Jr. —Purdue CB
6-3 3/8, 206 pounds

Hoge’s Notes: Looks the part with size and length. Durable, coachable and a team captain. Lack of production is alarming considering how many snaps he played. Probably played out of position at South Carolina (too much A-gap) and could be better utilized as a primary 3-technique.

82. Isaiah McGuire — Missouri EDGE
6-4 3/8, 268 pounds

Hoge’s Notes: Long, powerful pass rusher who would fit the Bears’ scheme. Uses hands well while having a rushing plan. Team captain. Right shoulder limited him during pre-draft process.

83. Jordan Battle — Alabama S
6-1, 209 pounds

Hoge’s Notes: Very experienced player (44 starts in 54 games) with average production. Disciplined with zero penalties last season. Dangerous returner when he gets the ball in his hands (6 INTs, 3 pick 6s). Team captain. Special teams warrior. Durable. Limited speed and athleticism. Should have a long NFL career as a special teamer and reliable backup.

84. Quan Martin — Illinois S
5-11, 194 pounds

Hoge’s Notes: Extremely twitchy, athletic inside player with an insane 44-inch vertical. Instincts and football IQ are really good, allowing him to get to the football. Ball tracking in the air is a weakness. Undersized at safety, so might be limited to the slot at the next level. Team captain.

🚑 85. Luke Schoonmaker — Michigan TE
6-5 1/4, 251 pounds

Hoge’s Notes: Size and speed isn’t backed up by a lot of production. When he makes plays, you wonder why he isn’t targeted more. Two shoulder injuries last season and right leg injury at his Pro Day. Turns 25 in September.

🚑 86. Jack Campbell — Iowa LB
6-4 5/8, 249 pounds

Hoge’s Notes: Will very likely be a good starting MIKE for some team, but hard to envision Bears drafting a MIKE-only in the Top 64 after signing Tremaine Edmunds. UCL issue to monitor.

87. Zach Charbonnet — UCLA RB
6-0, 214 pounds

Hoge’s Notes: Similar to David Montgomery, Charbonnet runs with great contract balance and is hard to tackle. He’ll pick up the tough yards and move the chains. Doesn’t have elite quickness or speed though. Not a home run hitter.

🏉 88. Marte Mapu — Sacramento State LB 🐻
6-2 5/8, 217 pounds

Hoge’s Notes: Late add to the Senior Bowl after great performance at NFLPA game. Good in coverage. Hunts the football. Back-to-back plays on the ball (including a Peanut Punch) got the attention of Luke Getsy at the Senior Bowl. HITS fit. Wasn’t invited to the NFL Combine.

Marte Mapu (Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports)

89. Tyler Steen — Alabama OT
6-5 1/2, 325 pounds

Hoge’s Notes: Three-year starter at left tackle with one year at right tackle. Played at Vanderbilt his first four seasons before transferring to Alabama in 2022. Can get on the move despite his bigger size. Far from perfect as a tackle, allowing 10 sacks over his last three seasons. Projects as a swing-tackle or possible starter at guard at the next level, but might not be the best scheme fit for what the Bears do.

90. Trey Palmer — Nebraska WR
6-0 1/4, 192 pounds

Hoge’s Notes: One of the fastest players in the draft, Palmer failed to find success in three years at LSU before following Mickey Joseph to Nebraska, where he put up massive production in 2022 (71 catches, 1,043 yards, 9 TDs). Maddening drops, even in 2022. More drops (18) than TDs (12). No vertical. Palmer can be an electric returner and gadget player in the right offense, but it’s hard to see him being an every-down No. 1 or even No. 2 receiver.

91. A.T. Perry — Wake Forest WR
6-3 1/2, 298 pounds

Hoge’s Notes: Looks the part with great size and wingspan. Details show up in his route running with good foot quickness. Sets up DBs well with gear change while the football is in the air. GREAT production in both 2021 and 2022. Limited special teams experience. Both his parents were in the Navy.

92. Henry To’oto’o — Alabama LB
6-1, 227 pounds

Hoge’s Notes: Four-year starter with an incredible amount of experience (50 starts in 51 games). Played first two seasons at Tennessee before transferring to Alabama. Not the biggest or longest LB (which matters to the Bears). Smart, instinctual player who projects as the QB of a defense at the MIKE position.

93. DeMarvion Overshown — Texas LB
6-2 5/8, 229 pounds

Hoge’s Notes: Former safety with questions about how he will hold up at LB.

94. Nick Saldiveri — Old Dominion OT
6-6 1/4, 318 pounds

95. Tre Tucker — Cincinnati WR
5-8 7/8, 187 pounds

Hoge’s Notes: Smaller slot receiver with elite quickness. Tough to cover in tight spaces. Tarik Cohen-esque.

96. Chase Brown — Illinois RB
5-9 1/2, 215 pounds

Hoge’s Notes: Strong, compact RB with a great competitive streak. Holds up well in pass protection, giving him a shot to get on the field early in the NFL.

97. Xavier Hutchinson — Iowa State WR
6-1 7/8, 203 pound

Hoge’s Notes: A ton of experience (36 starts, 37 games) and production (254, 2929 yards, 15 TDs) at Iowa State. Doesn’t wow you with any specific traits, but has a little bit of everything. Likely a possession receiver in the NFL. Both parents were in the Navy. Started with 2 years of JUCO because of grades before 3 years at Iowa State

98. Emil Ekiyor, Jr. — Alabama IOL
6-2 1/2, 314 pounds

Hoge’s Notes: Experienced, durable and tough, Ekiyor was Alabama’s starting right guard the last three seasons. He’s very good at processing what’s in front of him and handling stunts and games. Finisher. Got better as a senior.

99. Deuce Vaughn — Kansas State RB
5-5, 179 pounds

Hoge’s Notes: Fun player that was very productive for Kansas State both in the running and passing game. Short, but strong and uses leverage to his advantage. Rarely fumbles. Team captain. Very durable. Lacks top-end speed for his lack of size.

100. Eric Gray — Oklahoma RB
5-9 1/2, 210 pounds

Hoge’s Notes: Smaller back that lacks elite speed. Doesn’t have top gear, but consistently hits doubles. Good vision to make smart cut-backs, making him a good fit in Bears’ scheme. Good hands as a pass catcher, but isn’t a polished route runner. Played two years at Tennessee before transferring to Oklahoma. No special teams experience.

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