It’s been a rough 2023 season thus far for the Chicago Bears, which sit at 3-8 on the year heading into their Monday Night Football clash with the division-rival Minnesota Vikings.
However, the franchise and fanbase can take solace in the fact that Chicago has quite a few first-round picks in store for the 2024 NFL Draft. Just how many selections are the Bears set to have in the draft’s opening round?
Chicago’s Stockpile of First-Round Picks
The Bears are fresh off earning the first pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, though they ultimately traded down with the Carolina Panthers, and are in line to be among the teams with coveted high picks in the 2024 NFL Draft again.
That trade down has given Chicago the Panthers’ 2024 first-rounder on top of its own opening-round selection in the upcoming draft.
Although the Bears themselves currently have just the fourth-worst record in the league, Carolina is all alone at the bottom to this point at 1-10 and could give them the No. 1 overall pick if the struggles continue. That would make Chicago’s haul from the 2023 trade down look even better in hindsight.
The Bears’ initial trade with the Panthers saw them send over the top pick in the 2023 NFL Draft in exchange for DJ Moore, the ninth overall pick in the draft, a 2023 second-round pick, the aforementioned 2024 first-rounder, and another second-round selection in 2025.
Chicago further moved around in the draft by trading down from No. 9 to No. 10 with the Philadelphia Eagles before selecting Tennessee offensive tackle Darnell Wright 10th overall and acquiring an additional fourth-round pick from the Eagles. The additional draft capital also allowed them to move up in the second round and select cornerback Tyrique Stevenson.
Moore has quickly become a mainstay in the Bears offense, racking up 59 catches for 889 yards and six touchdowns through the first 11 games of the season. Stevenson is already the team’s third-leading tackler with 61 total stops (43 solo), seven pass breakups, one interception, and a forced fumble, and Wright is the starting right tackle.
Not to mention, Chicago now has strong odds to end up with the No. 1 overall pick again, or at the very least in the top three, given the Panthers’ woes.
The Bears could then use that pick on one of the class’ most highly-regarded quarterbacks in USC’s Caleb Williams or North Carolina’s Drake Maye, given Justin Fields’ struggles thus far, or they could again trade down to amass more picks and potential impact players.
All in all, the Bears look to be in a good spot ahead of the 2024 NFL Draft after some savvy maneuvering in 2023.
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