Round 1, No. 1 — Drake Maye, QB, North Carolina
I wouldn’t blame Bears fans for having a tinge of PTSD seeing another North Carolina quarterback headed to the Windy City, but trust me -- Drake Maye is not Mitchell Trubisky. Maye has considerably more natural arm talent and just as much ability to terrorize defenders as a runner. He flexed an improving processing ability while regularly displaying pinpoint accuracy.
Drake Maye is not Mitch Trubisky
From inside the pocket, Maye slices and dices up opposing secondaries like Bobby Flay in the kitchen. When flushed out of the pocket, the Tar Heel star excels at creating something out of nothing. Granted, his accuracy does dip a bit on the run, but the good plays far outweigh the bad in this regard.
For the Bears, Maye presents a reset for the franchise. He’s built well for an NFL signal-caller (6-foot-4, 229 pounds) and has the type of personality that’s easy for a locker room to rally around. Entering the league with D.J. Moore and Cole Kmet as pass catchers and Darnell Wright, Braxton Jones, and Teven Jenkins up front is a recipe for success.
Round 1, No. 4 — Marvin Harrison Jr., WR, Ohio State
After hyping up the offensive pieces in place in Chicago, now is the time to add a superstar wideout who can grow with Maye. Marvin Harrison Jr. is the best player available in the 2024 NFL Draft — regardless of position. There’s a chance he’s gone before No. 4, but in this mock draft, the first three selections went Drake Maye, Olu Fashanu, and Caleb Williams.
Marvin Harrison Jr. with the Bears? Yes, please!
The Bears benefit. Harrison Jr., like his Hall of Fame father, boasts teach-tape route running. He has slippery hips, an elite change of direction, and a competitiveness at the catch point that simply cannot be taught. His hands are top-tier, while his 6-foot-4, 205-pound frame is built to last on Sundays.
Deploying D.J. Moore and Marvin Harrison Jr. with Drake Maye throwing them the football? That’s enough for Chicago to finally get a 4,000-yard passer under its belt. And even more importantly, it’s an immediate boost to the team’s playoff ambitions. A home run on Day 1.