2024 NFL Draft Grades: Chicago Bears

The 2024 NFL Draft is now in the rearview mirror, and we have compiled a consensus ranking using NFL draft grades from a variety of sites.

What draft grades have the media given to the Chicago Bears? What are they saying about the Bears' 2024 draft haul?

NFL.com - Grade: A-

Day 1 grade: A
Day 2 grade: A-
Day 3 grade: B-

Analysis: Williams and Odunze, combined with DJ Moore and Keenan Allen, could give the Bears their best passing attack since the merger. The second-round pick that was dealt to Washington for Montez Sweat should pay off now that his contract has been extended. Amegadjie should contribute as a backup in 2024 and has potential to start down the road.

Taylor has a good leg and had plenty of reps at Iowa, but I believe picking him in the fourth round was a reach. Booker has potential as an edge rusher, but the Bears had to give up a 2025 fourth-round selection to get him because they had unloaded their other Day 3 picks in previous trades. They improved their interior offensive line by sending a fifth-round pick to Buffalo for Ryan Bates earlier this offseason.

ESPN - Grade: B

Top needs entering the draft: Quarterback, edge defender, wide receiver, offensive tackle

The Bears came into Round 1 with a chance to change the trajectory of their franchise. After years -- decades, even -- of quarterback futility, they traded away Justin Fields, clearing the path to take Caleb Williams at No. 1, the pick they received a year ago when they decided to stick with Fields and move out of the top spot with the Panthers. Chicago also owned the No. 9 pick, but the reality is it had just two other selections headed into the draft, the fewest of any team in the league. Sure, GM Ryan Poles has had a nice offseason, filling holes in free agency and via trades, but how much better could the Bears get with just four picks?

Williams, the No. 1 player on my Big Board, is an elite talent who will be surrounded by a great group of playmakers, which now includes wideout Rome Odunze (9), who finished No. 4 on my Big Board. As I wrote Thursday night, he's going to be able to hit the ground running in Chicago. This is a fantastic start to the draft for Poles.

After that, Poles was able to add a fifth-rounder but still had only five picks. Kiran Amegadjie (75) is a project offensive tackle coming off a partially torn quad injury. His physical traits are intriguing. I didn't love a team with only a handful of selections taking a punter in Round 4, but at least Tory Taylor (122) was the best at his position. Austin Booker (144) had eight sacks last season and could be a situational pass-rusher.

Chicago didn't have the capital to fully help both its offense and defense in this draft, and as a result, the other side of the ball needs some work. With Williams leading the way, though, the offense will be incredibly fun to watch in 2024.

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Chicago Bears Mock Draft Roundup 3.0

Throughout the year and leading up to the 2024 NFL Draft, we will update our Chicago Bears Mock Draft Roundup showing picks for the Chicago Bears from several prominent sites and draft analysts.

The following are picks in recent mock drafts for the Chicago Bears:

ESPN - Mel Kiper (2/28)

1. Caleb Williams, QB, USC

As we approach the one-year anniversary of the Bears trading the No. 1 overall pick to Carolina, I continue to believe they will keep this selection and move on from Justin Fields. It's about restarting the quarterback clock and taking one of the best all-around prospects of the past decade. Williams has a rare skill set in terms of arm strength, accuracy, decision-making and mobility. Chicago will need to continue to help him: The organization could add a playmaker with the No. 9 pick, and it also has cap space to make moves in free agency.

9. Malik Nabers, WR, LSU

We're back around to the Bears, to whom I gave quarterback Caleb Williams at No. 1. I thought about offensive line, though it might be a little early for Troy Fautanu (Washington), the best guard in the class. I also considered cornerback, though Chicago could franchise-tag or sign to a big extension free agent Jaylon Johnson, which would plug that hole. And since this is a strange year for edge rushers -- Laiatu Latu (UCLA) has medical questions that should be answered at the combine, and I don't have a top-15 grade on Jared Verse (Florida State) -- let's instead select a dynamic playmaker to make Williams' life easier.

Nabers had 89 receptions for 1,569 yards with 14 touchdowns last season, with 1,009 of those yards and 12 of those scores coming from when he lined up in the slot. That versatility would suit new coordinator Shane Waldron's offense. I have four wideouts in the top 11 of my rankings, and all four likely would be top-10 locks in any other draft.

The Athletic - CFB Writers (2/27)

1. Caleb Williams, QB, USC

The Bears have invested so much in Justin Fields, and if they were selecting second or fourth, picking up a playmaker to install around him would make perfect sense. But after three seasons, Chicago has the chance to reset its quarterback clock with a more consistent passer. Fields can make plays, but Williams can make throws. Williams won the Heisman Trophy for a reason in 2022, and USC's defense let him down in 2023. For a franchise that hasn't had a quarterback start a Pro Bowl since the 1941 season (when it was the NFL champions vs. the NFL all-stars), it's time to go with your head rather than your heart. — Scott Dochterman

9. Taliese Fuaga, OT, Oregon State

This is an obvious trade-back spot for Chicago. The top three receivers plus Brock Bowers are gone, and the Bears would love to have another weapon for Williams. But in this mock draft, we're going with the best player available over need, and Fuaga might wind up as the best offensive lineman in the draft. According to Pro Football Focus, Fuaga gave up no sacks in 351 pass snaps and generated a 90.9 run blocking grade at Oregon State. A physical mauler at 6-6, 334 pounds, Fuaga has immediate Pro Bowl potential. — Dochterman

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2023 NFL Power Rankings: Chicago Bears

Throughout the 2023 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Below you will find a Week 18 roundup for the Chicago Bears in our consensus 2023 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 22

Biggest offseason contract to watch: CB Jaylon Johnson

Even after previous contract negotiations and a last-second trade request went nowhere, Johnson expressed a desire to remain in Chicago long term and hopes to work out a deal with the Bears in the offseason. The 24-year-old cornerback has earned his payday in the final year of his rookie deal, recording a career-best four interceptions. The addition of Montez Sweat up front has solidified Chicago's pass rush and helped those on the back end of the defense become more productive at taking the ball away. Building upon that to create an even better defense for 2024 starts with making a new deal for Johnson priority No. 1 for general manager Ryan Poles. -- Courtney Cronin

NFL.com -- Rank: 20

The Bears have the perfect offseason springboard opportunity lying ahead: a chance to knock the Packers out of the playoffs in Green Bay. The season began with Jordan Love and the Packers outplaying Justin Fields and the Bears at Soldier Field, and the potential payback couldn't be much sweeter. Stop me if you've heard this before, but most arrows are pointing upward in Chicago. On the day the Bears secured the No. 1 overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft, Fields sent his stock soaring by beating the tar out of the Falcons. The franchise certainly has some massive decisions ahead, but chants of "We want Justin!" on Sunday let Chicago's front office know where a lot of fans stand on the quarterback situation. If Fields can play well and lead a successful Week 18 siege of Lambeau Field, those decisions might become even easier.

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2023 NFL Predictions: NFC North

Before the start of the season, we will post NFL division-by-division predictions for the 2023 NFL regular season and postseason.

Instead of projecting an outright winner and loser in all 272 regular-season games, we've assigned a win probability to each team in every game and totaled them up.

The four NFC North teams are projected to win the fifth-most games combined in our 2023 full-season projections.

See where the Bears stand in our 2023 NFC North Predictions


2023 Fantasy Football Projections: Chicago Bears

Our Fantasy Football Projections will be viewable by both position and team.

Below you will find our 2023 fantasy football projections for the Chicago Bears.

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QUARTERBACKS

PlayerAtt.Comp.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Justin Fields446.9275.73217.722.7914.08137.6839.46.19312.79
Tyson Bagent36.222.4251.61.361.095.117.90.1315.89

Justin Fields: Making modest improvements as a passer in his second season, Fields also made in-season strides highlighted by the following splits:

More improvement as a passer should be expected for his third season, but Fields has as much rushing upside as any quarterback in the NFL. He led the NFL in yards per carry (7.1) and ended the season with 1,143 rushing yards and eight touchdowns. Only six running backs rushed for more yards in 2022. Over his final 10 games, Fields was even more dominant as a runner with a per-game rushing line of 11.8/94.9/0.7 (8.04 YPC). In his final 10 games played, Fields finished as a top-10 weekly quarterback nine times, a top-five performer five times and the overall weekly QB1 twice.

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Chicago Bears: 2023 NFL Schedule

Below you will find the weekly NFL regular-season schedule for the Chicago Bears in 2023.

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WeekDateOpponentResults
Week 1Sun., Sep. 10vs. Green Bay PackersL 38-20
Week 2Sun., Sep. 17at Tampa Bay BuccaneersL 27-17
Week 3Sun., Sep. 24at Kansas City ChiefsL 41-10
Week 4Sun., Oct. 1vs. Denver BroncosL 31-28
Week 5Thu., Oct. 5at Washington CommandersW 40-20
Week 6Sun., Oct. 15vs. Minnesota VikingsL 19-13
Week 7Sun., Oct. 22vs. Las Vegas RaidersW 30-12
Week 8Sun., Oct. 29at Los Angeles ChargersL 30-13
Week 9Sun., Nov. 5at New Orleans SaintsL 24-17
Week 10Thu., Nov. 9vs. Carolina PanthersW 16-13
Week 11Sun., Nov. 19at Detroit LionsL 31-26
Week 12Mon., Nov. 27at Minnesota VikingsW 12-10
Week 13BYE
Week 14Sun., Dec. 10vs. Detroit LionsW 28-13
Week 15Sun., Dec. 17at Cleveland BrownsL 20-17
Week 16Sun., Dec. 24vs. Arizona CardinalsW 27-16
Week 17Sun., Dec. 31vs. Atlanta FalconsW 37-17
Week 18Sun., Jan. 7at Green Bay PackersL 17-9

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Fantasy Football Strength of Schedule (SOS)

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Chicago Bears - 2024 Draft Results

The table below are all of the 2024 NFL Draft picks selected by the Chicago Bears.

RoundOverallPlayerPositionSchool
11Caleb WilliamsQBUSC
19Rome OdunzeWRWashington
375Kiran AmegadjieOTYale
4122Tory TaylorPIowa
5144Austin BookerEDGEKansas

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