It sure sounds like University of Southern California quarterback Caleb Williams will be playing football in a Chicago Bears uniform next season, at least according to Bears insider Brad Biggs of The Chicago Tribune.
In a recent question-and-answer column, Biggs shared some extremely interesting intel regarding Chicago's thinking when it comes to the top overall pick in the upcoming 2024 NFL Draft, which they possess. Here's what he had to say:
"I imagine [Ryan] Poles will field phone calls, but barring something extraordinary, I believe he will stick at No. 1 and draft a quarterback. If the Bears arrive at a point in the evaluation process where they have strong conviction on a quarterback at the top of the draft, Poles should say, 'No, thanks,' if he receives calls about the pick.
". . . This shapes up to be an exciting, talented quarterback class, and if not now, when? It’s pretty clear to me the Bears will use a first-round pick, and likely the No. 1 selection, on a quarterback," he added.
What the Bears plan to do with the No. 1 pick is the biggest lingering question heading into the draft. Many have suggested that they should simply select Williams, the top quarterback prospect in the draft.
However, there are some who don't think that the Bears should give up on current quarterback Justin Fields. After all, the Bears just selected Fields in the first round (11th overall) of the 2021 draft.
Fields has been far from perfect in the three seasons since, but he has flashed some serious potential at times. Plus, all of Chicago's struggles -- they've missed the playoffs all three years that Fields has been the starting quarterback -- can't be pinned solely on one player. Perhaps with a better-supporting cast, Fields would be better.
We might never get the chance to find out, though, if Biggs is ultimately correct in his prediction that the Bears select Williams with that top pick. We'll find out on April 25.