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Bears to pick first in 2023 NFL Draft


With Sunday's 29-13 loss to the Vikings coupled with the Texans' 32-31 win over the Colts in Indianapolis, the Bears leapfrogged Houston and will have the No. 1 overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft.

The Bears finished the season with a 3-14 record, a half-game behind the Texans (3-13-1), who won two of their final three games.

The Bears have not had a first-round pick in three of the last four drafts, having traded their 2019 and 2020 selections to the Raiders for outside linebacker Khalil Mack and their 2022 choice to the Giants to move up nine spots in the first round of the 2021 draft to pick quarterback Justin Fields at No. 11.

Since the draft was instituted in 1936, the Bears have selected two players with the No. 1 overall pick: Halfbacks Tom Harmon in 1941 and Bob Fenimore in 1947.

Harmon was chosen with a selection the Bears obtained in a trade with the Eagles, while Fenimore was chosen with a pick the Bears won via an NFL lottery. From 1947-58, the league randomly awarded the No. 1 pick as a bonus selection, with each team eligible for it only once.

Here are the picks the Bears have in the 2023 draft:

Round 1
Round 2 (from Ravens)
Round 3
Round 4
Round 4 (from Eagles)
Round 5
Round 5 (from Ravens)
Round 7

On Oct. 26, the Bears acquired a fourth-round pick from the Eagles for defensive end Robert Quinn. On Nov. 1, they obtained second- and fifth-round picks from the Ravens in exchange for linebacker Roquan Smith and dealt their own second-round choice to the Steelers for receiver Chase Claypool.

The Bears traded their 2023 sixth-round pick to the Dolphins in October 2021 in exchange for receiver/return specialist Jakeem Grant. They obtained a 2023 sixth-round selection from the Chargers in March as part of a package for Mack, but they sent that choice back to the Chargers in exchange for back-to-back picks in the seventh round of the 2022 draft that they spent on safety Elijah Hicks at No. 254 and punter Trenton Gill at No. 255.

The complete draft order will be set in March when the NFL awards compensatory draft picks to teams based on a net loss of unrestricted free agents from the previous year. According to draft analyst Lance Zierlein, the Bears are not expected to receive any compensatory selections.