The Chicago Bears are now unofficially on the clock for the 2024 NFL Draft.
They will spend the next four months going over the tape of prospects with a fine toothcomb. There will be interviews and background checks. Most importantly, the Bears control how the draft will go quite possibly until they are officially on the clock.
The Bears own the No. 1 overall pick thanks to general manager Ryan Poles trade with the Carolina Panthers in last year's draft. The Panthers gave up four draft picks and wide receiver D.J. Moore to move up to the No. 1 overall selection to take quarterback Bryce Young. Part of those draft picks was Carolina's 2024 first-round pick which turned out to be the top choice.
Poles could decide he does not want to pass up on the draft's top quarterback this year. That would be USC Caleb Williams who is considered a generational talent at the position. If he wants to bring back head coach Matt Eberflus, this franchise cannot repeat 2017 and 2021. That is when the team took quarterbacks in high in the draft and paired them with head coaches on the hot seat.
Make no mistake about it, Eberflus will be on the hot seat if he cannot get the Bears into the playoffs. If the result is much like 2017 and 2021, it will mean missing the playoffs and a wasted year of development for a young franchise quarterback.
That is why for this mock draft, the Chicago Bears are keeping Justin Fields since it is looking like Eberflus will stay. Even though Justin failed to take a firm hold on being the long-term franchise quarterback, there is still enough there to win enough games with him to make the playoffs. Poles just needs to add more around Fields.
That is why he should explore trading down to pick up more draft picks.
The Chicago Bears right now lack a second, sixth, and seventh-round pick. They have an extra first and fourth. Still a lot of draft capital than normal. Poles is open to the idea of trading down.
One team that would probably love to jump ahead of the Washington Commanders to have their pick of the top quarterbacks is the New England Patriots who desperately need a franchise quarterback. There is a belief around the leagues that even moving up two spots will cost multiple draft picks.
That is why in this mock draft the Bears trade down to the No. 3 pick and get a massive return of draft picks from the Patriots.
They then use that No. 3 pick to select...
Round 1 (No. 3 Overall, via New England): Marvin Harrison Jr., Wide Receiver, Ohio State
Marvin Harrison Jr. has always been the dream pick for many Bears fans. He is the best wide receiver in the draft. Not much needs to be said about one of the best wide receiver prospects of our lifetime. Just look at his highlight reel.
Of course, after grabbing Harrison, the Bears have another chance to make a huge splash with a second top-10 pick in Round 1.