3 Small-School Steals the Bears Can Draft in Late Rounds

Could the Chicago Bears target some possible small-school stars in the 2024 NFL Draft?
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The Chicago Bears have just four selections (as of right now) for the 2024 NFL Draft. That includes the No. 1 overall pick and No. 9 overall picks in the 1st round. They aren't exactly in prime position for the late-round steal, but with picks in the third and fourth rounds, the Bears might be able to land some of the top diamonds in the rough of this year's incoming rookie class.

As always, there are loads of small-school players that are drawing a ton of attention from NFL teams, and the Bears might have a great shot at them with either of their "late" picks, or even if they move down a little bit and pick up some additional Day 3 selections.

Which small-school players might Bears fans want to have their eyes on?

1. Kiran Amegadjie, OT, Yale

Only a small school in terms of its football program, Yale doesn't frequently crank out NFL-caliber "dudes" each year. That's changing drastically this year with Kiran Amegadjie, who got a pre-draft top 30 visit to the Bears facility as well as a visit from Bears offensive line coach Chris Morgan at his pro day.

Who in the world is Kiran Amgadjie? Well, he's one of the most physically impressive offensive tackles in an absolutely loaded class. At 6-foot-5, 323 pounds, Amegadjie has 36 1/8-inch arms and is built to last at the offensive tackle position at the next level. The Bears unearthed a gem at the left tackle position a couple of years ago in Braxton Jones (out of Southern Utah), who is a capable enough starter, but they could be looking at alternatives or strong competition for him in this draft.

Amegadjie has the size and athletic traits that NFL teams covet at the position, and the Bears have shown a tremendous amount of pre-draft interest in him. Protecting Caleb Williams will be critical, and GM Ryan Poles knows it.