3 More Roster Moves the Bears Should Make Before the NFL Draft

The Bears should make these moves ahead of the 2024 NFL Draft.

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Thanks to their trade with the Carolina Panthers in 2023, the Chicago Bears are in a position to add a lot of premium talent in the 2024 NFL Draft. They currently have the No. 1 and No. 9 overall selections and will add USC quarterback Caleb Williams with the top pick. They can then bring in another playmaker at No. 9.

Following those selections, the Bears have just two more picks — No. 75 in Round 3 and No. 122 in Round 4. They made good use of their draft picks as they're entering the season with a rather impressive roster overall. Still, they should make a few moves before the draft — and here are the top three they need to consider.

3. Add Rotational Pass Rusher

The Bears currently have more than $22 million in cap space and will likely need $10-$15 million to cover draft picks (No. 1 pick Bryce Young had a cap hit of roughly $6.9 million in 2023 and No. 9 pick Jalen Carter was at $3.96 million). That leaves a little room for spending, but they can create more with restructures on players such as D.J. Moore or Montez Sweat if needed.

Whether they can fit it in their current cap or need to shuffle things around, the Bears should look at adding another pass rusher opposite Sweat. They have DeMarcus Walker who is good on early downs but they can use one more speed rusher to rotate in on passing downs.

Available options include Yannick Ngakoue (who was with Chicago last season), Bud Dupree, and Randy Gregory. None of those players would be considered an elite pass rusher at this point in their respective careers but they could provide a spark as a reserve.