Mock Draft: Bears trade Justin Fields, add explosive amount of offensive fire power

In this full mock draft, the Chicago Bears move on from Justin Fields but don't seem to take a step back as Ryan Poles adds plenty of new weapons in the 2024 NFL Draft for whoever they hire as the new offensive coordinator.

Chicago Bears, Rome Odunze
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Not every team has a true three-down back. The Chicago Bears saw Khalil Herbert, D'Onta Foreman and rookie Roschon Johnson take turns leading the way from week to week. Only Johnson was reliable as a pass-blocker and that's hard to do as a rookie. Of course, he made some mistakes along the way, but I expect him to take on a bigger role in 2024. Foreman only signed a one-year deal and will hit free agency in a couple of months. Herbert is entering the final year of his rookie contract and is not consistently reliable.

To help add more fire power, the Bears add another RB to the mix

Last year Ryan Poles drafted Roschon Johnson in the fourth round. He adds another running back to the mix by taking Notre Dame running back Audric Estime in the same round (110th overall). One area that the Chicago Bears struggled with last year was gaining short-yardage first downs. Part of it was a poor scheme and poor play-calling by Luke Getsy. That should not matter though with Estime on the roster. At 5'11" and 225 pounds. He has a powerful lower body that he uses as a wrecking ball when needed. He has above-average patience and can split tight gaps. He's an under-valued pass catcher too.

The knock on Estime is his speed. He's quick and explosive but lacks breakaway speed. This could be a problem, but pairing him with the likes of Roschon Johnson and Khalil Herbert seems like a strong three-headed attack. Whoever the new offensive coordinator is will hopefully line him up behind Khari Blasingame and allow him to plow his way through on short-yardage situations. He will be more than that though as he plowed his way, breaking tackles, for 1300+ yards and 18 touchdowns in 2023.