The Chicago Bears make a highly unexpected trade in this full 2024 NFL mock draft

The Chicago Bears are the talk of the 2024 NFL Draft. The team is most likely taking Caleb Williams with the first pick in the draft, but what they do at nine is still up in the air. In this mock draft, the Bears make an unexpected trade that lands them an elite prospect.
Chicago Bears, 2024 Mock Draft
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Bears, Joe Alt
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1.07: Joe Alt, LT | Notre Dame

Many Chicago Bears fans are fine with Ryan Poles moving up to land one of the top three wide receivers in the 2024 NFL Draft. Those receivers include Marvin Harrison, Jr., Malik Nabers, and Rome Odunze. I think most believe that Harrison is out of reach, but most fans seem in love with the idea of Odunze being paired with Caleb Williams. I would be happy with any of the three, but when I look at my rankings, I have three players who stand out above all the rest — Williams, Harrison and Joe Alt.

When Daniel Jeremiah brought up his trade scenario that had the Bears and Giants swapping first-round picks this year and future draft picks next year, it was to move up for Joe Alt, not one of the top receivers. I wanted to see what that might look like, and although I couldn't make it work at six, I was able to make the pick swap work with the Titans at seven and in this mock draft the Bears land an elite LT prospect in Alt.

Alt is a beast of a prospect. He stands 6'9 and is athletic only weighing 321 pounds. He has great length with 34-1/4" arms too. Alt just turned 21 in February. He is a monster on the field with solid footwork and technique. His measurables and testing are elite with a 9.91 RAS score — something we know Ryan Poles heavily focuses on. What's crazy is that Alt still has areas he can improve, but he is a plug-and-play starter at left tackle, moving Braxton Jones to either swing tackle or maybe even a future guard.


  • Elite Prospect
  • Athletic with a large frame
  • Explosive first step quickness and hand punch
  • Great pad level for his length
  • Mauler in the run game
  • Balance with a strong base and anchor
  • Long wingspan keeps edge rushers at a distance


  • Can still improve his kick slide
  • Can Still improve his hand-fighting
  • Can still improve his strength