Chicago Bears 2024 Mock Draft: Latest rumors and reports fuel two first-round trades

Two quarterback-hungry teams might greatly influence the draft for Ryan Poles

Chicago Bears, Ryan Poles, 2024 NFL Draft
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TE. player. 485. A.J. Barner. . 5. . A.J. Barner. A.J. Barner.

In the fifth round, the Bears take their shot on finding a second tight end to pair with Cole Kmet. Teams that can use 12 personnel successfully are able to add so much more to their offense, and the Bears need to be able to do that, especially with a mobile quarterback like Fields. He'll need guys who can not only be effective blocking, but who are also able to get out and help him improvise in the passing game.

A.J. Barner is classified as your prototypical tight end, standing 6-foot-6 and 250 pounds. Michigan used him all over the field, whether he was split out wide, in-line or even as a full back at times. He's the perfect type to come in and be used just as he was in college, with Kmet being the primary target in the passing game.

. 2119. Willie Roberts. 6. . CB. Willie Roberts. player. . Willie Roberts

Lastly, the Bears add to their cornerback room with the pick they obtained from Jacksonville. In the sixth round, they select Louisiana Tech corner Willie Roberts. Depth behind the two starters includes last year's rookie Terell Smith, but the Bears could use a solidified fourth outside corner. Roberts gives them the opportunity to find that.

Last year, he played over 700 snaps, came up with nine passes defensed, one interception and gave up an opposing quarterback rating of just 66.0.