Who did the Bears select in the 2023 NFL Draft?

Bears add 10 total players through the draft

Chicago Bears first-round draft pick offensive lineman Darnell Wright poses with his jersey, Friday, April 28, 2023, at Halas Hall in Lake Forest.

LAKE FOREST – The three-day marathon is over. The 2023 NFL Draft came to an end Saturday.

All in all, the Bears and general manager Ryan Poles added talent up and down the roster. Notably, they added Tennessee offensive tackle Darnell Wright with the 10th overall pick on Thursday.

But they weren’t done there. All in all, they added 10 new players to the roster. Here’s the complete list of players drafted by the Bears.

  • First round (10th overall): Darnell Wright, OT, Tennessee
  • Second round (53rd overall): Gervon Dexter Sr., DT, Florida
  • Second round (56th overall): Tyrique Stevenson, CB, Miami
  • Third round (64th overall): Zacch Pickens, DT, South Carolina
  • Fourth round (115th overall): Roschon Johnson, RB, Texas
  • Fourth round (133rd overall): Tyler Scott, WR, Cincinnati
  • Fifth round (148th overall): Noah Sewell, LB, Oregon
  • Fifth round (165th overall): Terell Smith, CB, Minneosta
  • Seventh round (218th overall): Travis Bell, DT, Kennesaw State
  • Seventh round (258th overall): Kendall Williamson, S, Stanford

The Bears found help on both sides of the ball. They spent three picks on defensive tackles, two on cornerbacks, added an offensive tackle, a receiver, a running back, a linebacker and a safety.

They did not find any help at edge rusher, which was one of their biggest needs. The Bears had a league-worst 20 sacks last season. The team still has $35 million in salary cap space, and some veteran free agents remain unsigned. It’s also possible there will be several surprise cuts from other teams in the coming months.

“We can’t fix everything at a high level in one swoop,” Poles said. “So we are aware of our strengths and weaknesses and we’re going to be opportunistic.”

The Bears had 15 rookies on the 53-man roster in Week 1 last year. They were not afraid to play young players. With the team in the midst of a significant rebuild, that could remain the case in 2023.

Wright, the first-round pick, has a chance to start immediately at the right tackle position. Stevenson could compete for a cornerback spot right away. Dexter and Pickens should be in the rotation on the defensive line. Johnson and Scott have a chance to contribute right away on offense.

Sean Hammond

Sean Hammond

Sean is the Chicago Bears beat reporter for the Shaw Local News Network. He has covered the Bears since 2020. Prior to writing about the Bears, he covered high school sports for the Northwest Herald and contributed to Friday Night Drive. Sean joined Shaw Media in 2016.