LAKE FOREST – Ryan Poles got some more good news Thursday when it comes to a very important weekend in April.
On Thursday, the NFL awarded the Bears a compensatory pick for the upcoming 2023 draft, which will be held April 27-29 in Kansas City.
The Poles will now have an extra pick in the seventh round, as the Bears will hold the 41st pick of the round and 258th overall. Selection recognition is based on the number of compensatory free agents lost compared to the number of contracts with the team in the previous year.
To determine this, The NFL uses a formula which includes average salary per year, number of snaps and postseason awards per player.
With that extra pick, Poles now had nine draft picks to work with this April as he looks to add to the Bears’ roster ahead of the 2023 season. With a 3-14 record in 2022, he is the No. 1 overall pick, representing a big return for a team in need of a quarterback to draft at the position.
The likelihood that the Pole will make the selection remains likely as he has twice said publicly that Justin Fields is his starting signal caller. With so many roster spots to fill, the Bears could even trade up twice in the first round to add to their arsenal of picks.
Here are the Bears current picks in the 2023 NFL Draft.
- 1st round – 1st overall
- 2nd Round – 53rd overall (by Ravens)
- 3rd round – 65th overall
- 4th round – 103rd overall
- 4th round – 134th overall (by Eagles)
- 5th round – 136th overall
- 5th round – 151st overall
- 7th round – 220th overall
- 7th round – 258th overall
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