From a talent standpoint I think the top 4 OTs are almost interchangeable. They are all in the top tier of OT. If one really fits the system better than the others, I can understand an OT pick at 9. It feels like they all have similar upside and all have a weakness or two. It's Poles' call to make, but I'd probably be disappointed in taking a tackle at #9 as well knowing he have a long wait until the second round pick. i.e... give me the 3rd or 4th pick at tackle in the middle/end of Rd1 and another pick instead of the pick of the litter at #9.I think he meant more as needs for depth on day 3.http://bearswire.usatoday.com/
Bears assistant GM Ian Cunningham says team will take best player available in NFL draftStory by Alyssa Barbieri • 5h ago
It’s no secret that the Chicago Bears have a number of needs to address in the 2023 NFL draft, most notably in the trenches at defensive tackle, edge rusher and offensive tackle.
But general manager Ryan Poles has indicated in the past that the Bears aren’t going to let positional need get in the way of taking the best option available. Just look at free agency with linebackers Tremaine Edmunds and T.J. Edwards.
Assistant GM Ian Cunningham indicated as much during a pre-draft press conference on Tuesday, where he said Chicago’s approach remains one where they’re focused on landing the “best player available.”
“I think that’s what we always do is try to take that best player available approach,” Cunningham said. “I think the whole needs thing… those needs kind of get ironed out with the whole process, but ultimately it’s the best player available.”
Cunningham said positional need will come more into play on the third day of the draft, where the Bears have six selections.
While many expect offensive tackle to be the move at No. 9, if top options at their biggest needs are off the board, positions like cornerback, wide receiver and running back could be on the table.
Cunningham said there are six to eight players that Chicago has tabbed as options at that ninth spot.
If they are serious about best football player available regardless of position, Bijan and JSN have to be the front runners. I wouldn't hate either of those picks if we can't move down.
I am baffled by comment about positional need comes into play more day 3 of the draft. Those are long shot / special team players.
I'm pretty much good with any scenario that doesn't have them taking an OT at #9. I think OL is a strength of the team right now. Jones-Davis-Whitehair-Jenkins-Borom is a solid mostly young OL. Probably in the 10-15 range in the NFL. I could maybe get on board with Skoronski due to his NFL readiness and versatility, but don't have any interest in any of the other top OL guys without a trade down. JSN would be an interesting pick, suddenly Claypool/Mooney are splitting the #3 job, but that probably isn't where they are looking without a trade down.
I'm higher on JSN than most, so I can see the Bears passing on him. I hate that the packers are perfect landing spot for the kid because I think he is going to be real good.