The Chicago Bears finished the 2023 season 7-10. They made a good run toward the end, winning five of their last eight games, but failed to reach the playoffs. Will that final push be enough for the Bears to stick with Justin Fields going forward, or will they be looking to the draft for quarterbacks? Chicago has draft needs in multiple places heading into the 2024 offseason.
Bears draft order: First pick (from Panthers), ninth pick
The Panthers lost their final game of the season to move to 2-15 and remain atop the 2024 NFL Draft order. However, since they traded their first round pick to the Bears last year to acquire quarterback Bryce Young in 2023, Chicago will take over with the first overall pick of the draft.
The Bears also have the ninth overall pick of the draft after losing to the Packers in Week 18.
Bears mock draft: Potential first-round pick
The Bears could go for Caleb Williams with the first overall pick. The USC quarterback would replace Justin Fields, but the Bears run the risk of an extended rebuilding period with a rookie QB. They could also look at wide receivers Marvin Harrison, Jr. and Rome Odunze later in the first round to give Fields (or a newly drafted QB) some stronger targets downfield.
Chicago may also look to earn more draft stock in 2024 and 2025 by trading away the first overall pick, particularly if they decide to stick with Fields for another season.