Reports indicate that the Chicago Bears are currently inclined to retain the first overall pick in the upcoming 2024 NFL Draft, a valuable selection acquired from the Carolina Panthers in exchange for their 2024 first-round pick, used to secure Bryce Young as the No. 1 pick in the 2023 draft.
With the first pick, the Bears face three options: drafting a quarterback and potentially trading Justin Fields, trading the top pick to the highest bidder, or keeping the No. 1 selection and choosing a non-quarterback, likely Marvin Harrison Jr., to build around Fields.
ESPN NFL insider Jeremy Fowler shared insights on SportsCenter, revealing that some sources suggest Chicago is leaning towards selecting a quarterback with the No. 1 pick, with Caleb Williams, the star USC quarterback and 2022 Heisman Trophy winner, emerging as a potential choice.
“I have talked to some people…who believe they will eventually land on a Caleb Williams or a quarterback at No. 1,” Fowler noted.
While the Bears have several months to finalize their decision, the current inclination to retain the top pick may evolve if an irresistible offer comes their way. The looming decision has stirred mixed feelings among the fanbase, particularly regarding the potential departure of Justin Fields, creating uncertainty about the team’s direction.