2024 NFL Draft Review: Chicago Bears

Review of all 32 teams draft, with grades and UDFA signings. This time it’s the Chicago Bears.
2024 NFL Draft - Round 1
2024 NFL Draft - Round 1 / Gregory Shamus/GettyImages

Previously we reviewed the Carolina Panthers draft selections, now it’s time to take a look at how the Chicago Bears drafted and grade the picks. Which player was the best value and earned the team choice award, and who did the team sign during the undrafted free-agent period? Let’s break it all down.

1 (1): QB Caleb Williams, USC

Justin Fields headed out of town so the Bears needed a new quarterback. This one was easy to predict and Williams’ ability to play out of structure and extend plays should help him during his rookie year while he figures things out. Most important message to send to the Bears coaches when it comes to Williams, “elevate, don’t create”. Don’t try and make Williams a quarterback he’s not and lean on his strengths. 

Caleb Williams
UCLA v USC / Ric Tapia/GettyImages

Grade: A+

(Team Choice Award)

1 (9): WR Rome Odunze, Washington

With a shiny new quarterback came a shiny new wide receiver with the next pick. The irony here is Justin Fields could have done with the Bears front office adding players like Odunze last season instead of leaving him to struggle. He’s a player that makes contested catches look easy and there’s no such thing as 50/50 balls when it’s thrown up for him to get. 

Rome Odunze
2024 CFP National Championship - Michigan v Washington / Jamie Schwaberow/GettyImages

Grade: A

3 (75): OT Kiran Amegadjie, Yale

This was the Bears' third slam dunk in a row. They take the big bodied lineman out of Yale who in the last three years allowed only one sack and five quarterback hits. He has versatility since he played at both left guard and left tackle in college, so it will be interesting to see where the Bears coaches end up placing him. 

Kiran Amegadjie
NFL Combine / Justin Casterline/GettyImages

Grade: A-

4 (121): P Tory Taylor, Iowa

Drafting a punter this high tells you one thing, it’s goodbye to Trenton Gill who finished dead last in average net yards per punt last year (38.0). It’s fine in terms of organizing the special teams woes from last season, but could the punter have waited till after the draft when Chicago had such little draft stock? Time will tell. 

Tory Taylor
Western Michigan v Iowa / Matthew Holst/GettyImages

Grade: C+

5 (144): EDGE Austin Booker, Kansas

After passing on defensive end with their last pick, the Bears trade back into the draft and take one at pick 144. Booker had very little playing time but he still managed to crank out eight sacks, 38 pressures and 12 tackles for loss last season. He’s a rotational pass rusher for now but has crazy upside. 

Austin Booker
NFL Combine / Michael Hickey/GettyImages

Grade: B

UDFA Signings- 

QB Austin Reed, Western Kentucky

RB/KR Ian Wheeler, Howard

OL Theo Benedet, University of British Columbia

DL Jamree Kromah, James Madison

DL Keith Randolph, Illinois

LB Carl Jones, UCLA

CB Reddy Steward, Troy

Overall Grade: