Perfect Rome Odunze Report Emerges From Bears OTAs

The Chicago Bears rookie wide receiver looks to be the real deal after performing well in OTAs and minicamp.
Chicago Bears Rookie Minicamp
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Heading into the 2024 NFL draft, there was a lot of discussion surrounding the Chicago Bears and what they would do with their second pick in the first round (No. 9 overall). 

Would Chicago decide to keep the pick to take a pass rusher? Or would they trade it to pick up more capital/picks in the 2024 NFL draft? Well, the Bears didn’t do either of those things and instead used the ninth overall pick to take former University of Washington wide receiver Rome Odunze.

The selection of Odunze was the perfect move for the Bears as they have a formidable wide receiver trio that features D.J. Moore and Keenan Allen. Even with Chicago having Moore and Allen, the rookie wide receiver is already making plays at offseason practices/workouts, which is a good sign for the Bears.

Adam Hoge, host of the CHGO Bears show, had nothing but praise for the rookie wide receiver. “There’s not a single thing you can say bad about him,” Hoge said. “He’s knocked this (OTAs) out of the park” (h/t Ben Devine).

In the weeks leading up to the draft, there was a case to be made for Odunze to be the second wide receiver picked after Marvin Harrison Jr. However, as it would happen, Malik Nabers would be the second receiver picked as he went to the New York Giants, leading Odunze to the Windy City.

Oduzne is one of the more polished wide receivers in this year’s class and Bears fans should be ecstatic to have him and Caleb Williams for the foreseeable future. Odunze’s next steps will be training camp and preseason to see if he can continue to build off a great OTA and minicamp.

If Odunze can perform in the preseason and showcase that connection with Williams, the Bears might contend for a playoff spot (-106 on FanDuel Sportsbook), which would be delightful for fans in the Windy City.

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