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Bears' 2023 rookie class ranked fifth in NFL by ESPN


ESPN writer Aaron Schatz has ranked the Bears’ rookie class as the fifth best in the NFL for the 2023 season.

Schatz ranked the rookies based on their production, utilizing Total Sports Info Solutions' Total Points metric that employs a scale that allows comparisons between different positions.

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Here's what Schatz wrote about the Bears:

"The Bears' rookie class started with the 10th overall pick, right tackle Darnell Wright. He started every game of his rookie season and ranks 25th among qualified tackles in pass block win rate (89.4%). He had an above-average run block win rate as well.

"Then we have the two cornerbacks, second-round pick Tyrique Stevenson and fifth-round pick Terell Smith. Stevenson started all season … From Weeks 1 to 9, he put up 63% DVOA in coverage, one of the worst figures in the league. (Remember, a negative DVOA is better because you're stopping offensive success.) However, Stevenson completely turned things around in the second half of the year. His minus-60% DVOA in coverage since Week 10 was one of the best figures in the league. As for Smith, he had three starts and some play in nickel packages with a quality minus-15% DVOA allowed in coverage.

"Finally, a few other rookies added value. Undrafted quarterback Tyson Bagent … [gave] the Bears four starts in the middle of the season when Justin Fields was hurt. Second-round defensive tackle Gervon Dexter Sr. played 40% of defensive snaps with 2.5 sacks and 20 combined tackles. Fourth-round running back Roschon Johnson had 81 carries for 352 yards and two touchdowns, plus an additional 34 catches for 209 receiving yards. And undrafted safety Quindell Johnson and fifth-round linebacker Noah Sewell played important roles on special teams."