Da Picks Are In!

As predicted, the Chicago Bears

On Thursday night, the Bears made arguably their biggest draft decisions in franchise history, drafting former USC quarterback Caleb Williams with the first overall pick and former Washington wide receiver Rome Odunze with the ninth overall draft pick. This is the first time the Bears have made two first-round selections since 2003 (Michael Haynes and Rex Grossman) and the first time they’ve drafted at #1 overall since 1947.

Williams has been highly touted as one of the best quarterback prospects of the decade so far. Across his three seasons in college at Oklahoma and USC, he threw for 9,782 yards, 93 passing touchdowns, and 14 interceptions. He also ran for 966 yards and 27 touchdowns. He started 33 games in his collegiate career, and went a fantastic 23-10 in those games. In 2022, Williams won the Heisman Trophy and led USC to a College Football Playoff berth. According to ESPN draft analyst Steve Muench, Caleb’s “ability to extend plays, adjust his arm angle and make accurate off-platform throws puts great stress on defenses on each snap.” He also adds that Williams is also a “patient pocket passer who gets through his progressions given time and space.”

With that ninth overall selection, the Bears opted to continue to build the supporting cast around their new quarterback, selecting Odunze from the University of Washington. Odunze is considered to be one of the three best receivers in this year’s draft class, along with Marvin Harrison Jr. (drafted 4th overall to the Cardinals) and Malik Nabers (drafted 6th to the Giants). In four years of collegiate play (all at Washington) he caught 188 passes for 3,060 yards and 13 touchdowns. He was a finalist for the Biletnikoff Trophy, an award given to the best collegiate receiver in the country. He also has National Championship experience, as his Huskies were the runner-ups to the eventual National Champion Michigan Wolverines.

According to a scouting report from Dan Treacy of, Odunze “combines solid speed with excellent hands and route-running.” The report also mentioned that he “excelled in one-on-one coverage at Washington and shouldn’t have any problem winning those matchups in the NFL.” Being in a receiver room consisting of DJ Moore, Keenan Allen, as well as tight ends Cole Kmet and Gerald Everett, Odunze should slot in easily as a top-end third option for Williams.

The Bears only have two other picks (as of now) in this draft. We shall see how the rest of it goes, but this is an incredible start for Chicago as they continue to build a strong contender for this year and beyond.


By Jermale Dabney, Junior, Lindblom Math and Science Academy

Instagram: @jermale_d


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Written by Jermale Dabney

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