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So… Who Will the Bears Draft?

Caleb Williams is the quarterback that the Bears are most likely to pick in this week’s upcoming draft.

It’s officially NFL Draft week!

The first round of the draft will be taking place on Thursday in Detroit, and the Chicago Bears will be making two of their biggest selections in franchise history in the first round, as they hold the #1 overall draft pick as well as the 9th overall pick. Which begs the question, who will the Bears be taking at those spots? In this 2024 NFL Draft Preview, I’ll be predicting who I think the Bears will take at both picks. Let’s take a look!

#1 Overall: Caleb Williams, QB, University of Southern California

It’s pretty much common knowledge, especially since the Justin Fields trade, that the Bears will be drafting the most talented quarterback in the franchise’s history: Caleb Williams.

Last season was considered to be a down season for Williams, coming off his 2022 Heisman Trophy season, but it was still a good year for him. He threw for 3,333 yards, 30 touchdowns, and only threw five interceptions. He did all of this while USC’s offensive line was ranked 106th in the country in sacks allowed per game and the Trojan defense was ranked 116th in total defense.

According to Bleacher Report’s scouting report on Williams, he has “great arm talent, the ability to throw off-platform and on the move, great accuracy to all three levels of the field (short, intermediate, and deep), elite patience, above-average processing skills, and above-average athleticism.”

He’s been compared to Aaron Rodgers and Patrick Mahomes based off of these traits. He’ll be general manager Ryan Poles’ biggest selection of his tenure in Chicago, and hopefully the pick will break the cycle of below-average quarterbacks in Chicago.

#9 Overall: Rome Odunze, WR, University of Washington

At pick 9, the Bears have plenty of different options. Unlike with the #1 overall pick, where Williams is essentially a shoe-in to be the selection, there are so many different directions the Bears can go in. The Bears currently have DJ Moore and Keenan Allen on the roster as the undisputed wide receiver #1 and #2, but there’s a considerable drop-off after them. Which is why I believe that Rome Odunze will be selected with the ninth overall pick.

Odunze is widely considered to be one of the top receivers in the class, and he would slot in immediately as a reliable WR3 for Williams. Last season, Odunze had the best year of his college career, making 81 catches for 1,428 yards and 13 touchdowns.

According to Bleacher Report’s scouting report on him, Odunze possesses “great ball skills and catch radius,” essentially meaning he is excellent at making difficult catches over and around defenders. He’s also a “very good route-runner” and a “polished player who uses length and strength effectively to separate,” according to the report. If drafted by Chicago, he’d be a key piece to a Bears offense looking to take off immediately in year one of the Williams era.

Both of these selections would make this Bears team better in both the short-term and long-term, and hopefully they’ll help lead a new era of Bears football. But, we’ll have to wait until Thursday night to find out what happens.

What do you think? Do you agree with my predictions? Or do you feel that the Bears have something else in mind? Let us know!

By Jermale Dabney, Junior, Lindblom Math and Science Academy

Instagram: @jermale_d

 

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Written by Jermale Dabney

Hi, I’m Jermale! I love roller coasters, theater, and Chicago sports.

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