Caleb Williams makes an exception for the Chicago Bears and seven other teams

Chicago Bears, Caleb Williams
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We are roughly two months away from the 2024 NFL Draft. The Chicago Bears have been officially on the clock since the timer ticked down to zero and the Kansas City Chiefs walked away victorious in Super Bowl LVIII. The Bears own the first and ninth overall picks. A massive debate has been taking place regarding what Ryan Poles should do with the first pick in the draft. Should he not think twice and take Caleb Williams? Should he trade the pick for a haul and keep Justin Fields as he did in 2023? Or should Poles trade both the pick and Justin Fields, while taking a different QB prospect instead?

Most of the signs appear to be pointing in the direction of Caleb Williams being the answer. Unfortunately, Williams isn't making the process very easy. Rumors were leaked that he didn't want anything to do with the Chicago Bears. During the season, rumors were said that if the Bears ended up with the first-overall pick, Caleb Williams would remain at USC in 2024. Clearly, that didn't happen as he has now declared for the draft and is in attendance at the NFL Combine despite not performing in any events. Instead, Williams will wait for his Pro Day.

Not participating in the NFL Combine isn't the only thing Williams is refusing to do. Apparently, Williams is also refusing to participate in medical exams. Refusing might be too harsh a word. He is declining to participate. Medical exams are considered one of the more important aspects of the combine. It allows teams to have their medical staff interview and test a prospect. It's a little strange that Williams isn't allowing the exam to take place. He doesn't have some crazy injury history as prospect Laiatu Latu does. He is rumored to be the first prospect to decline but still attend.

Caleb Williams makes an exception for the Chicago Bears

Caleb Williams is not even releasing his medical records -- at least not to all 32 teams. There have been other players complaining about the medical processes, but none have gone as far as Williams. The good news for the Chicago Bears is that it sounds as though Caleb Wiliams is making an exception for the Chicago Bears -- and seven other teams. Williams is reportedly allowing these teams to perform medical exams when he meets with them individually.

Again, there aren't any glaring holes in Williams and his game. However, I am glad that the Chicago Bears are on the list of teams receiving this exception. The teams include Chicago, Washington, Las Vegas, New York (both teams), Minnesota, and Atlanta. What I want to know is Williams' measurements. My fear is that although thick he might be too short for my liking. He's rumored to be between 6'0" and 6'1", but if he's anything shorter than that it might be a problem.


No matter, it sounds that although Williams might seem difficult, at least the Chicago Bears will be receiving the information they need to make an educated decision.