2024 NFL Draft: 4 positions the Bears should target on Day 2

Round 1 couldn't have gone any better. Now, it's on to Day 2.
Chicago Bears, 2024 NFL Draft
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The Chicago Bears could not have had a better Round 1, and that's not an exaggeration. The 2024 NFL Draft has gone just about as perfectly as any Bears fan could have asked for.

Caleb Williams no. 1 overall. Rome Odunze falls to them at no. 9 overall.

Folks, this is actually happening. The Bears are going to be a very, very good team and very, very soon.

Now that the excitement of Day 1 is in the rear view, the Bears enter the second and third rounds with just one pick, coming at no. 75 overall. With that pick, and potentially any second-round selection the Bears could acquire via trade, which positions should they strive to improve the most?

The Bears need to continue adding the best player available, ideally at one of these positions

Offensive Tackle

This was an area fans could have seen the Bears address with the no. 9 pick, and no one would have complained. But, selecting Odunze at no. 9 was also, in a roundabout way, a vote of confidence for Braxton Jones -- at least, for now. Darnell Wright is a staple. But, Jones could be given some competition, and that wouldn't be a bad thing. Look at someone potentially like Notre Dame's Blake Fisher to be a target if the Bears look at offensive tackle on Day 2.

Defensive End

Montez Sweat cannot do it alone, although on some reps, he certainly shows he's capable of doing so. The Bears still need more playmakers to help rush the passer, and Day 2 could see them attack this area. Some of the names to watch either in Round 2 or 3 could be: Utah's Jonah Elliss, Washington's Bralen Trice, or Alabama's Chris Braswell.

Defensive Tackle

Had the Bears drafted Byron Murphy II at no. 9 overall, they would have had plenty of reason to do so. It would have made sense. But, since they went with Odunze, this is still a need. The Bears need to bolster that defensive line with another rotational player, at least, with someone who could potentially even start. Some names to watch on Day 2 would be: Michigan's Kris Jenkins, LSU's Maason Smith, Ohio State's Michael Hall Jr. or Clemson's Ruke Orhorhoro.

Interior Offensive Line

Finally, let's not ignore the interior offensive line. For the 2024 season, the Bears might just be set. However, beyond 2024 is another story. Teven Jenkins and Nate Davis have both missed time for various reasons. The center position has a lot more depth now with Ryan Bates and Coleman Shelton. But, this is far from a long-term, finished product. The Bears could look at names like: Kansas State's Cooper Beebe, Michigan's Zak Zinter or West Virginia's Zach Frazier.