Matt Eberflus is likely the driving force behind the Bears latest Top 30 visit

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Less than two weeks remain until the 2024 NFL Draft and the Chicago Bears are continuing their homework on potential selections with the ninth overall selection.

Recent speculation has suggested that the Bears may look to use the No. 9 pick in this year's draft along with draft capital from the 2025 NFL Draft as a way to move up and potentially select Ohio State wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. However, the trade-up scenario appears to be more of a social media fascination than a scenario that has much merit within the walls at Halas Hall.

The belief is that the Bears will either keep the selection at nine or look to move back depending on who is on the board. If a wide receiver such as Rome Odunze or offensive tackle Joe Alt remain on the board when the Bears have their second selection within the first 10 picks of the draft, there is no doubt that the team would race to the podium in order to submit their selection.

Of the three positions that the Bears are believed to be targeting with the ninth overall selection--wide receiver, offensive lineman, and pass rusher--it would seem that pass rusher is the least likely option.

Though, the Bears are still doing their homework on the top pass rushers in this year's draft class.

Jared Verse would be a perfect fit for the Chicago Bears' defensive line.

Chances are that if Matt Eberflus had full discretion with who the Bears should pick at No. 9, Verse would be the selection. Unlike Alabama's Dallas Turn, Verse is a scheme fit for the defense that the Bears run under Eberflus and would be the coveted complement to Montez Sweat.

It's hard to envision a scenario where the Bears select Verse if Odunze or Malik Nabers are on the board but the pass rusher could be a fallback option if nothing else.