Nearly 11 months ago, general manager Ryan Poles changed the trajectory of the Chicago Bears' future by pulling off one of the most impressive draft trades in recent history. After earning the first overall pick in the 2023 Draft, the team traded the pick to the Carolina Panthers for a haul that included multiple picks in last year's draft, star receiver D.J. Moore, and Carolina's first-round pick in the 2024 draft, a selection that became the first overall pick yet again.
The Bears are the third team over the past decade to possess the first overall pick at the season's end in back-to-back years (Cleveland Browns 2017-18, Jacksonville Jaguars 2021-22), and both the Browns and Jaguars used one of those picks to select a quarterback first overall in Baker Mayfield and Trevor Lawrence respectively. For the Bears, it remains a question as to whether or not they will draft a signal caller at the top of this year's draft, but if the team sticks with Justin Fields, they could potentially trade the pick for another impressive selection of assets.
While it is not known officially which way Poles is leaning - or if he has already made a decision in his head - the general manager's phone will certainly be blown up between now and the draft by other front offices desperate to acquire the first overall selection. With that said, here are six semi-realistic suitors who could move up with the Bears, likely for quarterback Caleb Williams, and an idea of the potential compensation that Chicago could receive.