Chicago Bears 2024 Draft Grades

The 2024 draft has come and gone, and the Chicago Bears added some major names to the team. How does each player the Bears drafted impact their success moving forward?
Apr 25, 2024; Detroit, MI, USA; Southern California Trojans quarterback Caleb Williams poses with Roger Goodell
Apr 25, 2024; Detroit, MI, USA; Southern California Trojans quarterback Caleb Williams poses with Roger Goodell / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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The 2024 NFL draft has come and gone, and what an eventful three days it was for the Chicago Bears. Adding multiple day-one starters and even acquiring an extra pick via trade. For the first time in a while, it felt like the Bears made all the right decisions during the draft. To truly understand the impact each draft pick will have on the Bears, let's examine all five picks. 

Caleb Williams Draft Grade: A+

Before the draft even started, everyone in Chicago knew the Bears would be drafting quarterback Caleb Williams from the University of Southern California. He was the only quarterback the Bears had brought in for a top-30 visit, so if they went away from picking him, it would have been the biggest curveball ever. Thankfully, general manager Ryan Poles and the Bears' front office stayed the course and drafted one of the best quarterback prospects in the last decade. 

Many people believe that Williams has the potential to be just as successful as Andrew Luck was as a rookie. Like Luck, Williams enters the league with tremendous talent and will have the playmakers around him to help him develop.

At USC Williams showed everyone his big arm and playmaking ability. During his Heisman Trophy season in 2022, Williams threw for 4,537 yards, 42 touchdowns, and five interceptions while running for an additional 380 yards and 10 touchdowns. 

This past season was considered a down year for Williams, yet he still threw for 3,633 yards, 30 touchdowns, and five interceptions while adding 157 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground. If that's Williams's floor with a bad offensive line, he would still be the best quarterback the Bears have ever had. Thankfully, Williams is coming into a great situation in Chicago, which has a marginally better offensive line and an offense filled with playmakers. 

The Bears' receiving core consists of veteran wide receivers D.J. Moore and Kennan Allen along with a new draft pick. They also have two good tight ends in Cole Kmet and Gerald Everett. Add on top of that, their backfield consists of D'Andre Swift, Khalil Herbert, and second-year running back Roschon Johnson this might be the most talented Bears team in the past decade.

General manager Ryan Poles has done all he can to set Williams up for success. Now it is up to Williams to perform up to the expectations everyone has of him/