2024 NFL Mock Draft: Bears Take Center Stage With Yet Another Trade Down
As for today, Caleb Williams… YOU are a New York Giant. And Justin Fields… YOU are still a Chicago Bear. Now, let’s dive into the latest mock draft for the team from the Windy City.
Round 1, Pick 2: Marvin Harrison Jr., WR, Ohio State
Adding D.J. Moore to the wide receiver room is already paying dividends for the Bears. But they shouldn’t stop there. At No. 2 overall in this mock draft, the front office pairs its Ohio State quarterback with a Buckeye pass catcher. Enter Marvin Harrison Jr.
Flexing prototypical size and effortless route running, Harrison Jr. is widely considered the best wide receiver prospect in years. Even eliciting comparisons to Julio Jones and Calvin Johnson coming out of college. One look at the tape shows that this lofty praise is warranted.
With Chicago, Harrison Jr. would immediately form one of the most lethal receiver duos in the NFL. Moore and MHJ can help Justin Fields finally get over the hump, as the young signal-caller is quickly running out of lives with the Bears.
Round 1, Pick 6 (via NYG): Jared Verse, EDGE, Florida State
Chicago traded for pass rusher Azeez Ojulari earlier in the article. However, similar to wide receiver, the front office shouldn’t be content with one addition. Instead, selecting Jared Verse would give Matt Eberflus his proverbial thunder to Ojulari’s lightning.
Verse is a powerful defender who uses brute force to work his way into the backfield. The Florida State product displays remarkable strength and violent hands, consistently ripping through blocking attempts off the edge. He is also a solid run defender, which will help keep him on the field for three downs.
Yannick Ngakoue is an impending free agent, and the depth behind him at defensive end is… lacking. Reshaping the roster by throwing Ojulari on one end and Verse on the other is exactly what the doctor ordered. Finally, some positivity for the rabid Bears fanbase.