Chicago Bears Dream Draft: 7-Round Mock Fixing the Da Bears
Imagine you are hired tomorrow as the general manager of the Chicago Bears. You are given full power to do anything necessary to rebuild the roster and establish a winning football team.
What do you do?
Do you keep Justin Fields or trade him? Do you use one of your two picks in the top three selections of the 2024 NFL draft to replace him and restart the quarterback clock?
That’s the question we’re answering today with a Chicago Bears “dream draft”. The Bears currently have seven selections in the ‘24 draft, and we’ll tell you who they should select at each spot.
Pick 1 (from Carolina): QB Caleb Williams, USC
Is it too soon to give up on Justin Fields? Maybe, but the Bears aren’t getting quality play from him and he doesn’t seem to be developing the way we all hoped he would after an encouraging sophomore season in 2022. Williams is a generational quarterback prospect who has been asked to carry a supporting cast at USC that isn’t great. He’s athletic, strong-armed, a quick processor and a playmaker. That’s Step 1 to rebuilding this team: getting it right at quarterback.
This trade of the No. 1 pick in the 2023 draft by Chicago to Carolina looks masterful now. The Panthers royally screwed up because of impatience by ownership that forced the hand of GM Scott Fitterer. The Panthers could have rode out the 2023 season with a veteran quarterback and earned the No. 1 overall pick with Williams hand-delivered to the franchise.
Instead, the team panicked and traded up for a good but not great quarterback prospect in Bryce Young—who has not been good this year and has no weapons around him. Weapons that can’t be replaced easily because Carolina has limited draft capital and so many holes.
One year is a quick trigger on evaluating a trade, but the Panthers lost that one.
Pick 3: WR Marvin Harrison Jr., Ohio State
The Bears could go a number of directions here: offensive tackle, pass-rusher, cornerback. But you can’t pass up the opportunity to draft a legitimate star in wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. He’s arguably the best player in the class, and with quarterbacks going 1-2 in the draft, he’s available at No. 3 overall.
Harrison is a 6’4” do-it-all wide receiver with some AJ Green to his game. He’s big and stretches the field vertically, but he also wins on breaking routes and uses his length to attack the ball. Even when the entire defense knows he’s getting the ball, he can’t be stopped.
Harrison, Jr. paired with DJ Moore and Cole Kmet gives Caleb Williams a great start at a real-deal supporting cast.
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