The Chicago Bears traded away their top pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, which the Carolina Panthers used to draft Bryce Young out of Alabama. The Bears would go on to get Darnell Wright with the 10th pick and get several other picks later on down the road including the Panthers first round pick in 2024, which has become the first overall pick this year.
With it being NFL Media Week at the Super Bowl, George Kittle was asked his opinion about what the Bears should do with the number one overall pick. The Bears have many different routes they can go concerning the draft.
1. The Most Likely: The Chicago Bears Draft Ohio State’s Marvin Harrison Jr. To Give Quarterback Justin Fields Another Weapon.
Justin Fields has never had much of strong receiving corp since he arrived in Chicago. The best wide receiver Fields has gotten to play with has been DJ Moore, the one player the Bears received in the trade in the Panther trade. Pairing him with arguably the number one receiver of this class, the Bears will have one of the best receiving corps in the National Football League.
What the Chicago Bears might be able to do is trade back with either the Washington Commanders or the New England Patriots as both teams are likely to draft quarterbacks. This will buy the Bears more draft picks and still allow them to draft Marvin Harrison Jr. However, the Bears can’t go farther back than those two teams.
2. The Most Chaotic: The Chicago Bears (In Some Form) Trade Justin Fields and Draft Quarterback Caleb Williams Out of Southern California University.
One theory is the Bears could continue to accumulate draft picks, this time by trading Justin Fields who has been alright but not great during his time as a Chicago Bear. Many teams would pay well for his services and the Bears still have plenty of holes across their team that they need to fill if they want to make it back to the playoffs. Their 7-10 record this season tied them with the Vikings for worst in the division. They would replace him with USC’s Caleb Williams taken with first overall pick.
However, Caleb Williams has also said that he does not want to play for the Bears and it is possible he will pull a “Bo Jackson” if he is selected by the Bears (Bo Jackson was selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 1986 and refused to play for them. He go on to three years of baseball and joined the Raiders three years later).
3. The Super Safe Bet: The Chicago Bears Select EDGE/Linebacker Dallas Turner (Likely With Their 2nd First Round Pick).
With this type of selection, the Bears have a chance at getting either two of the best prospects in this upcoming draft, something the Houston Texans did and made the AFC Divisional Round thanks to those two player’s efforts (C.J. Stroud and Will Anderson). If the Bears’ follow suit and draft a replacement for Fields and then trade Fields away for draft capital, they could also potentially grab someone like Dallas Turner as their new defensive leader with the 9th pick.
The Bears may not have had as bright a future as the Detroit Lions or even the Green Bay Packers, both division rivals who are going to make it very tough for years to come, but if the Bears play their cards right, they could be walking out as one of the winners of the draft come April. If not, the Packers and Lions will continue to the tug of war they have on the NFC North.
— USA TODAY Sports (@usatodaysports) February 6, 2024