The Chicago Bears finished the 2022 season with the worst record in football. Personally, I felt like the team was at least a six-win team despite only being victorious in three. The Bears found themselves 1-7 in one-score games. Any of those could have flipped the other way. That said, the losing continued into the 2023 season. At least until last week. It was nearly a year since this franchise finished with a W. Now, the team is looking for more. With each win, the Chicago Bears find themselves falling further down the 2024 NFL Draft board, but they also hold the Panthers' pick.
Each week, we will update the 2024 NFL Draft board to determine which picks in the first round the Bears own. Remember, the Bears own the Panthers' first-round pick in 2024 after trading the top pick in 2023. Feel free to fan any way you want, but personally, I am all for this team continuing to win games. That said, I'll cheer on the Panthers going winless if it means the Bears finish with the top pick in next year's draft. If that happens, the team will need to decide if Justin Fields is the guy, or if they should reset the clock by drafting likely top quarterback prospect, Caleb Williams.
Tracking the Chicago Bears 1st-round picks in the 2024 NFL Draft
As it stands, the Panthers are 0-5 on the season. The Chicago Bears are not much better at 1-4. The offense looks to have turned a corner, but the defense keeps allowing more than 25 points per game -- at least until last week against the Commanders. Even in that game, they allowed 20 points. We shouldn't expect a team that started out 0-4 to keep winning to the point they make the playoffs, but it is possible they rattle off a few more wins over the next few weeks. A look at their schedule, the Chicago Bears face the Vikings (1-4), Raiders (2-3), Chargers (2-2), Saints (3-2) and Panthers (0-5).
2024 NFL Draft Order (First-Round, Top 10)
1. Carolina Panthers (Bears Pick)
2. Chicago Bears
3. Denver Broncos
4. Minnesota Vikings
5. New England Patriots
6. New York Giants
7. Arizona Cardinals
8. Green Bay Packers
9. Las Vegas Raiders
10. Houston (Cardinals Pick)
As it stands, the Chicago Bears hold the first two picks in the 2024 NFL Draft. There are still 12 games left to play though and things can still drastically change. My only hope is that neither the Vikings or Packers finish with the top pick in the draft. The best possible outcome is the Bears land the top pick thanks to the Packers, meaning Justin Fields proves he's the guy, and then the Bears can trade that top pick for a king's ransom. Not only that, they still end up with a top pick and take a player like Marvin Harrison, Jr. or one of the top left tackles. Imagine if they land two of those players!