Bears get first overall pick in 2023 draft after Texans beat Colts – NBC Chicago


Bears land first overall pick in 2023 Draft originally published on NBC Sports Chicago

For the first time in more than 75 years, the Chicago Bears earned the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft with the Houston Texans’ victory over the Indianapolis Colts.

The Bears lost their final game of the season when they fell to the Vikings 29-13, but in the long run they won the day thanks to the Texans’ spectacular 32-31 win at Indianapolis.

As a result, the Bears now have the first overall pick in next year’s draft, the first time they’ve held that selection since 1947.

The Bears are unlikely to use the first overall pick since they have their franchise quarterback in Justin Fields. Instead, Ryan Poles could trade that pick for a king’s ransom to a team that covets Bryce Young or CJ Stroud. It would be possible to do that and stay in the top five as well. Since the Texans no longer have the first choice, they could trade a spot to ensure they get their guy at QB. The Colts will have a top-five pick and need a quarterback after Matt Ryan’s failed experiment. The Seahawks could end up with a top-five pick if the Broncos fall to the Chargers on Sunday afternoon, and they could also be on a QB, depending on how they feel about Geno Smith’s future.

The last time a team traded the No. 1 overall pick in the draft was in 2016, when the Rams traded places with the Titans to select Jared Goff. The Rams had the No. 15 overall pick this season and sent that pick, plus two second-round picks in 2016, a third-round pick in 2016, a first-round pick in 2017 and a third-round pick in 1 overall pick. In addition to the No. 1 overall pick, the Titans also sent the Rams a fourth-round pick in 2016 and a sixth-round pick in 2016.

The Bears haven’t had many first-round picks in franchise history, and they haven’t had one in a long time either. The last time the Bears picked the top of the draft was in 1947 when they selected running back Bob Fenimore. This choice didn’t quite work out, as Fenimore only played 10 games. He racked up 408 scrimmage yards and scored three touchdowns.

The only other No. 1 overall pick in Bears history was Tom Harmon in 1941, and that one didn’t work out either. Harmon chose not to play football and went to Hollywood instead. He starred in a few films like ‘Harmon of Michigan’, ‘Triple Threat’ and ‘Bonzo Goes to College’ but eventually returned to football and played for the Rams in 1946 and 1947.

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