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Chicago Bears 2024 NFL Draft Grades And Analysis

Caleb Williams Bears quarterback

While the Chicago Bears 2024 Draft Class lacked quantity it did not lack quality. Starting with the consensus No. 1 pick Caleb Williams who has had the term generational placed on him and is not shying away from the lofty expectations set by himself and others. He's just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to this historic Chicago Bears draft class. Let's break down the picks.

Round One Pick 1: Caleb Williams, QB, USC

Due to the trade from last year's draft with the Carolina Panthers the Bears were gifted the first overall pick and with that came Caleb Williams. As someone who's been a Bears fan my entire life this is what I have waited for. A true franchise quarterback, a guy who can single-handedly win games for your team. Chicago has never had a 4,000-yard passer in franchise history and that may not change during Williams' rookie campaign but he will surpass those numbers during his hopefully long-term successful career with the Bears. Embrace it Bears fans we got our guy.

Round One Pick 9: Rome Odunze, WR, Washington

Before the draft, I was cautiously optimistic that one of the big three wide receivers would fall pick to nine. That's exactly what happened. The nation's receiving yards leader Rome Odunze was available at nine and the rest was history. In most years where there isn't a generational prospect in Marvin Harrison Jr and another blue-chip prospect in Malik Nabers, Odunze likely goes in the top five. Adding Rome Odunze to a wide receiver room that already has D.J. Moore and Keenan Allen gives Caleb Williams the best supporting cast a No.1 overall pick has ever been drafted into.

Round 3 Pick 75: Kiran Amegadjie, OT, Yale

The back-to-back Ivy League selection was dominant in his three seasons with the Yale Bulldogs. The only reason he fell to the third round was due to his 2023 season ending prematurely after four games with a quad injury. Kiran is a raw prospect when it comes to initial movement and hand usage but has a massive frame and elite arm length to develop into a productive player at the next level.

Round 4 Pick 122: Tory Taylor, P, Iowa

Not only did the Bears land the draft's best quarterback and one of the best wide receivers they also took the best punter we've seen in years. Taylor broke the record for the NCAA's most punting yards (4,138) in a season which was previously held by Michigan State's Johnny Pingel since 1938. Special teams are an undervalued part of the game and I'll come out and say it. Taylor is going to win a game and maybe two this season with his ability to drive the ball with accuracy.

Round 5 Pick 144: Austin Booker, ED, Kansas

Chicago only held four picks in the 2024 Draft but Ryan Poles used a 2025 fourth rounder to trade back into the fifth to address the need at edge rusher across from Montez Sweat. Booker lacks experience with only 505 snaps but showed real flashes at the Senior Bowl against the draft's top tackles with speed and power.


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