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2024 NFL mock draft roundup: Who experts believe Bears will select in first round

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Oct 7, 2023; Ohio Stadium, Ohio, USA;
Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. (18) catches the ball during their game against the Maryland Terrapins on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2023.

NBC Sports Chicago’s Glynn Morgan has the Bears trading back not once but twice in the first round. First, they trade the No. 1 pick to the Commanders (to move back one spot) to land a substantial haul. Then, they trade back from No. 9 (three spots) with the Broncos for more capital — and they still land two playmakers.

Round 1, Pick 2 (from WAS) – WR Marvin Harrison Jr., Ohio State

It’s possible that once again, Bears general manager Ryan Poles ignores the experts and exasperated fans, choosing to trade down with the top pick and eschew drafting a quarterback for the second year in a row. Poles may consider investing in his beleaguered head coach (Matt Eberflus) and young, embattled incumbent quarterback (Justin Fields), believing the team is trending upwards and needs more assets to win consistently. 

So, a potential trade with Washington could net the Commanders’ second overall spot, 36th (2nd) and 100th (4th) picks, along with Washington’s first and fourth round picks in 2025Poles and the Bears would seal the deal by surrendering the first pick in the 2024 draft.

Round 1, Pick 12 (from DEN) – EDGE Laiatu Latu, UCLA

If the Bears agreed to a trade with Denver, it probably revolved around Chicago’s Machiavellian designs in acquiring copious draft picks, seeking to dramatically improve the team’s existing talent base. An exchange of picks and draft positioning might include Chicago accepting Denver’s 12th spot in the first round, its 76th pick (3rd) and next year’s second and third round selections. Chicago would have surrendered its 9th spot in the initial round to cement the deal. 

Latu, an extremely gifted pass rusher became the Pac-12’s last Defensive Player of the Year (21.5 tackles for loss /13 sacks) at the end of the 2023 campaign. If Chicago drafts Latu, they could pair him opposite All-Pro Montez Sweat, the Bears sack leader (6) in 2023.

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