Chicago Bears beat writer casts doubt on this 2024 NFL Draft Rumor

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There's been an uptick in speculation that the Chicago Bears may be interested in trading up for wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr.

A scenario exists where quarterbacks are taken with the first four selections in the 2024 NFL Draft, creating an opportunity for Harrison to still be on the board when the Los Angeles Chargers are picking with the fifth overall selection. Despite the clear need that the Chargers have for a wide receiver, especially now that Keenan Allen is a Bear, there has been speculation that they may be willing to trade back as a way of collecting more draft picks in the first year of a new head coach and general manager.

The Bears trading up for Harrison was a primary topic in Brad Biggs' latest mailbag for the Chicago Tribune.

Biggs was first asked about the cost for the Bears in a potential move.

" I think the minimum the Bears would have to offer would be the ninth pick and one of the two 2025 second-round picks they own, likely the one coming from the Carolina Panthers. It wouldn’t surprise me if the Cardinals or Chargers asked for No. 9 and both second-round picks in 2025."

Brad Biggs, Chicago Tribune

It would seem unlikely that the No. 9 pick and a 2025 second-round pick would be enough for the Chargers to make the move. If it were, then there is no doubt that the Bears should make that trade but chances are that won't be the case.

In any event, a scenario where the Bears trade up for Harrison does not seem too likely according to Biggs.

"Ryan Poles has proved to be aggressive at times when it comes to trades, so I wouldn’t rule it out, but I think this is a long shot. Harrison might have to slip beyond No. 5 for it to be more feasible."

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One thing that should be addressed is that if four quarterbacks do indeed go off the board at the start of the draft, it would seem likely that Rome Odunze would be available at No. 9. If that's the case, the Bears likely would rather take their chance on Odunze being available when they are on the clock as opposed to moving up for Harrison.