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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OT. Joe Alt. 1. 443. . . player. . Joe Alt. Joe Alt

With their first pick being their own at number nine, the Bears take the best player available, and it just so happens to be a guy who won't have to travel very far.

Notre Dame's Joe Alt is up there with Penn State's Olu Fashanu as one of the best offensive tackles in this draft, and the Bears are able to come home with the Irish standout.

While offensive tackle isn't exactly a high priority, it's also a spot that the Bears could upgrade. Braxton Jones has been fine, but if Chicago has an opportunity to improve such an important spot, and for years to come, why wouldn't they?

Jones has had his issues amidst some bright spots. He's been caught standing too tall out of his stance quite often and was also penalized nine times in 11 games last season. Bringing in Alt gives the Bears a solid, franchise left tackle to pair with last year's first-round pick, Darnell Wright.

Alt stands a towering 6-foot-8 and moves like a tight end. He is every bit of a plug-and-play offensive tackle in this draft and would fit very well within this Bears offense.