The Chicago Bears can find a great WR prospect outside of the top 10 picks in draft

Chicago Bears, Troy Franklin
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The Chicago Bears have two top-10 picks in the 2024 NFL Draft. Everyone keeps talking about what the Bears should do at quarterback and anyone who wants Justin Fields to stick around also wants Marvin Harrison, Jr. added to the roster. If the Chicago Bears take a quarterback with the first pick (via Panthers) in the draft, the chances of landing Harrison become basically zero. I have Harrison as the top prospect in the draft. In fact, I have him in a tier all by himself. That said, there are other very good WR prospects in this draft class.

Those who want Caleb Williams or Drake Maye in Chicago point to the hope that one of Malik Nabers or Rome Odunze falls to the Bears at 9 — the Bears' own pick. The problem is, more and more rankings and mock drafts have Nabers and Odunze going before 9, leaving fans wondering if drafting a quarterback will limit the Bears' ability to pair a solid WR2 prospect with DJ Moore.

Good news for Chicago Bears fans, some other very solid WR prospects who should fall outside of the top 10 (should the Bears trade back) and even a few who might fall into the second or third rounds. Don't forget, Puka Nakua just had an elite season in 2023 and he was a fifth-round draft pick.

1st Round WR Prospects:

  • Troy Franklin, WR - Oregon
  • Keon Coleman, WR - Florida State
  • Xavier Legette, WR - South Carolina
  • Brian Thomas, Jr. - WR - LSU

Day 2 WR Prospects:

  • Ladd McConkey, WR - Georgia
  • Devontez Walker, WR - UNC
  • Adonai Mitchell, WR - Texas
  • Xavier Worthy, WR - Texas
  • Jermaine Burton, Alabama
  • Ja'Lynn Polk, WR - Washington

Day 3 WR Prospects:

  • Brenden Rice, WR - USC
  • Malachi Corley, WR - WKU
  • Ricky Pearsall, WR - Florida
  • Roman Wilson, WR - Michigan
  • Malik Washington, WR - Virginia
  • Johnny Wilson, WR - Florida State


There are a few other names you can throw on the Day 3 list, but the point is that there are some serious options for Chicago. In fact, they could double down with two receivers in the draft should they not take one early. Or, if they trade down from 9, they can likely land a pick in the teens or early 20s along with a second-rounder. Chicago could use one of those on a receiver like Xavier Legette, Troy Franklin or Ladd McConkey depending on how soon they wanted to pull the trigger.