The Green Bay Packers have dominated the NFC North for years. Consecutive Hall-of-Fame quarterbacks played a significant role in that, but so did some poor decision-making by the Packers' division rivals.
However, times could be changing. The Detroit Lions are smartly rebuilding their roster into a playoff contender, while the Chicago Bears will look to build on a strong free agency period with a successful draft.
Green Bay's dominance in the NFC North could be over. It will be bad news for the Packers if their division rivals pull off these four moves in the 2023 NFL Draft.
4. Chicago Bears land Paris Johnson Jr. in the first round
No team likes wasting first-round picks quite like the Chicago Bears. We can talk about MVP quarterback play leading the Packers to multiple division titles, but it sure helps when the Bears won a bidding war against themselves to trade up for Mitchell Trubisky.
But Ryan Poles is looking to change that. After making an astute trade-down from No. 1 overall, the Bears are in a great position to lay the foundations for a successful rebuild.
They could be spoilt for choice at No. 9 overall, but a smart decision would be to draft Ohio State tackle Paris Johnson Jr. The Bears may have found their quarterback in Justin Fields. They got him some help this offseason by trading for D.J. Moore and signing Robert Tonyan. Now they must protect him.
Johnson would be a home-run pick by the Bears, and one that would make life tougher for the Packers' pass rushers.