The scariest possible outcome for the Chicago Bears 2024 NFL Draft

The Chicago Bears are likely taking a quarterback in the upcoming 2024 NFL Draft, but is there a new likely prospect after the Bears GM and HC met with media?

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The Chicago Bears face risk regardless of their decision, but this could be the riskiest option of all

The biggest thing the Chicago Bears need to keep in mind if they choose to go with the "Marvin Harrison Jr. and J.J. McCarthy" option, the Bears will be in competition for drafting a quarterback with the No. 9 pick.

Sean Payton and J.J. McCarthy seem like a possible match made in heaven, so if the Bears are planning on McCarthy being their next quarterback, they'll need to make their selection before the Broncos— or one of the other quarterback-hungry teams.

If no trades are made in the first round, which is unlikely, the Bears naturally have a higher pick than the Broncos. So, maybe they can just draft J.J. McCarthy at No. 9 and call it a day.

Another thing to keep in mind is if the Chicago Bears trade Justin Fields and draft Marvin Harrison Jr. with the No. 2 pick, more QB-hungry teams will be expecting the Bears to draft a quarterback at No. 9 or higher.

When teams are desperate, they'll go to deep depths to make them happen. That could spell trouble for Ryan Poles and the Chicago Bears.

Poles will need to be ready to trade up if McCarthy is their guy, which makes this even more of a scary situation. The Bears drafting Marvin Harrison Jr. No. 2 and missing out on McCarthy would put the Chicago Bears in a wildly unfortunate situation.

They had the chance to draft Caleb Williams or Drake Maye, and instead, they left with Marvin Harrison Jr. as their top selection. While Harrison Jr. isn't a bad player to walk away with at all, it'd be unfortunate to know what could have been but wasn't.

At least if the Bears draft Caleb Williams or Drake Maye No. 1 overall, they're not scrambling on the QB position at No. 9. Malik Nabers or Rome Odunze at No. 9 would be a dream for the Bears, but if both of those receivers are gone, the Bears are in a position where they can trade down and still be in a good spot.

Missing out on a second wide receiver is a much easier pill to swallow than missing out on the starting quarterback. And considering the amount of NFL-level wide receivers in this draft class, a good wide receiver will be there down the stretch.

Drafting Marvin Harrison Jr. with the sole purpose of pairing him with J.J. McCarthy, only for another team to trade-up for McCarthy, would be the ultimate disaster.

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Ryan Poles appears to have his head on firm, but if the Chicago Bears draft Marvin Harrison Jr. early on Day 1 of the 2024 NFL Draft, expect chaos and panic until their next pick.

Because if the Bears miss out on a quarterback this draft— while letting other teams draft Caleb Williams, Drake Maye, and J.J. McCarthy— it'll be a long season for the Chicago Bears.