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Two-round 2024 NFL mock draft: Bears trade down

WCG’s lead draft analyst shares his latest 2-round 2024 NFL mock draft.

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The Bears have officially locked in the No. 1 pick in the 2024 NFL Draft.

Through their trade with the Panthers involving the first pick in the draft last year, Chicago will have the top pick in their possession for the second offseason in a row. This time, though, it’s not their own selection. In fact, the Bears have won four of their last five games, and things seem to be turning around for the franchise.

What seemed to be a popular opinion nationally is now in question, that being the Bears moving on from Justin Fields and selecting a quarterback with the No. 1 pick. Fields’ improvement and the team’s winning ways have seen the signal-caller generate momentum in his argument to stay with the team.

I’ve explored what it would look like if the Bears drafted USC quarterback Caleb Williams, trading Fields in the process. Now, it’s time to see what it could look like if Chicago sticks with Fields.

This time, I’ll be doing it in the form of a two-round 2024 NFL mock draft. Enjoy, and Happy New Year!

Trade

Bears receive: 2024 first-round pick (No. 3), 2024 second-round pick (No. 34), 2025 first-round pick

Patriots receive: 2024 first-round pick (No. 1)

I said that the next mock draft I’d do would explore what would happen if the Bears kept Justin Fields, so what better time to publish one than now?

The Commanders and Patriots battling back-to-back really puts a wrinkle into the QB landscape for the 2024 draft. Whichever one falls behind the other, there’s a possibility they could want to trade up with the Bears to make sure they’re guaranteed their top quarterback in the class. As of this writing, the Commanders are ahead, so the Patriots jump in front to get their guy.

1. Patriots (via Bears, projected trade): Caleb Williams, QB, USC

2. Commanders: Drake Maye, QB, North Carolina

3. Bears (via Patriots, projected trade): Marvin Harrison Jr., WR, Ohio State

Because it’s the obvious pick here.

4. Cardinals: Malik Nabers, WR, LSU

5. Giants: Olu Fashanu, OT, Penn State

6. Chargers: Brock Bowers, TE, Georgia

7. Titans: Joe Alt, OT, Notre Dame

Trade

Jets receive: 2024 first-round pick (No. 12), 2024 second-round pick (No. 45), 2025 third-round pick

Vikings receive: 2024 first-round pick (No. 8), 2024 third-round pick (No. 72)

8. Vikings (via Jets, projected trade): Jayden Daniels, QB, LSU

9. Falcons: Rome Odunze, WR, Washington

Trade

Bears receive: 2024 first-round pick (No. 14), 2024 third-round pick via Saints (No. 79), 2025 third-round pick

Broncos receive: 2024 first-round pick (No. 10), 2025 sixth-round pick

With Russell Wilson likely out in Denver, the Broncos could be in the market for a new quarterback, and with how much dead cap they’ll be spending on him, they could look to draft his replacement to save more money.

The Bears trade back once again, adding another third-round pick in the 2024 draft so the Broncos can jump the Raiders for a quarterback. Chicago also adds a future third to the mix, giving them 2 first-rounders, 2 second-rounders and 2 third-rounders in 2025.

10. Broncos (via Bears, projected trade): Michael Penix Jr., QB, Washington

11. Raiders: Kool-Aid McKinstry, CB, Georgia

12. Jets (via Vikings, projected trade): Taliese Fuaga, OT, Oregon State

13. Saints: Dallas Turner, EDGE, Alabama

14. Bears (via Broncos, projected trade): Laiatu Latu, EDGE, UCLA

With the Bears already spending big money long-term in Montez Sweat, they could try to draft his running mate off the edge. Latu has 23.5 sacks over the last two seasons, the most in the FBS in that span.

Latu has a deep arsenal as a pass-rusher, with swims, rips, swipes and stabs to beat offensive tackles at the line of scrimmage. He’s explosive, powerful and flexible off the edge, giving him all the tools needed to be a Pro Bowl edge rusher in the NFL. His medical retirement due to a neck injury after the 2019 season knocks him down a bit, but if his medicals check out, the ceiling is very high.

15. Seahawks: Jer’Zhan Newton, DL, Illinois

16. Bengals: Keon Coleman, WR, Florida State

17. Cardinals (via Texans): Jared Verse, EDGE, Florida State

18. Steelers: JC Latham, OT, Alabama

19. Packers: Nate Wiggins, CB, Clemson

20. Buccaneers: Chop Robinson, EDGE, Penn State

21. Colts: Cooper DeJean, CB, Iowa

22. Jaguars: Emeka Egbuka, WR, Ohio State

23. Rams: Amarius Mims, OT, Georgia

24. Bills: Terrion Arnold, CB, Alabama

25. Chiefs: Xavier Worthy, WR, Texas

26. Eagles: Kamari Lassiter, CB, Georgia

27. Lions: Kalen King, CB, Penn State

28. Texans (via Browns): J.T. Tuimoloau, EDGE, Ohio State

29. Dolphins: Leonard Taylor III, DL, Miami (FL)

30. Cowboys: Quinyon Mitchell, CB, Toledo

Trade

49ers receive: 2024 second-round pick (No. 42), 2024 third-round pick (No. 73)

Raiders receive: 2024 first-round pick (No. 31), 2025 fifth-round pick

31. Raiders (via 49ers, projected trade): J.J. McCarthy, QB, Michigan

32. Ravens: Ennis Rakestraw Jr., CB, Missouri

Round 2

33. Panthers: Troy Fautanu, OG, Washington

34. Bears (via Patriots, projected trade): Graham Barton, OG/C, Duke

Though I have Barton as a guard on my board, some have him tabbed as a center in the NFL, and his experience as a freshman All-American at center prior to switching to tackle helps out a likely transition inside.

Barton is arguably the top interior offensive lineman in the class. He’s an intelligent blocker who processes well in zone assignments, as well as against stunts and blitzes. He’s coordinated and does a good job of keeping his pads low, his weight underneath him and his movements under control. Barton’s athleticism as a pull blocker is an underrated aspect of his game, and his strike placement is very good, too. He’s a well-rounded blocker with a high floor who should be a solid starter at the next level, and he could be the last piece the Bears need to complete their offensive line.

35. Cardinals: Tyler Guyton, OT, Oklahoma

36. Commanders: Patrick Paul, OT, Houston

37. Titans: Ja’Tavion Sanders, TE, Texas

38. Giants: Troy Franklin, WR, Oregon

39. Chargers: Kris Jenkins, DL, Michigan

40. Packers (via Jets): Jordan Morgan, OT, Arizona

41. Commanders (via Bears): Bralen Trice, EDGE, Washington

42. 49ers (via Raiders, projected trade): Kingsley Suamataia, OT, BYU

43. Jets (via Vikings, projected trade): Xavier Legette, WR, South Carolina

44. Falcons: Denzel Burke, CB, Ohio State

45. Saints (via Broncos): Brian Thomas Jr., WR, LSU

46. Giants (via Seahawks): Bo Nix, QB, Oregon

47. Bengals: Michael Hall Jr., DL, Ohio State

48. Eagles (via Saints): Adonai Mitchell, WR, Texas

49. Steelers: Josh Newton, CB, TCU

50. Texans: T’Vondre Sweat, DL, Texas

51. Buccaneers: Ladd McConkey, WR, Georgia

52. Packers: Kamren Kinchens, S, Miami (FL)

53. Jaguars: Jack Sawyer, EDGE, Ohio State

54. Rams: T.J. Tampa, CB, Iowa State

55. Colts: Maason Smith, DL, LSU

56. Bills: Tyler Nubin, S, Minnesota

57. Chiefs: Byron Murphy, DL, Texas

58. Lions: Malachi Corley, WR, Western Kentucky

59. Browns: Brandon Dorlus, DL, Oregon

60. Eagles: Jeremiah Trotter Jr., LB, Clemson

61. Cowboys: Tre’Veyon Henderson, RB, Ohio State

62. Dolphins: Calen Bullock, S, USC

63. 49ers: Caelen Carson, CB, Wake Forest

64. Ravens: Devontez Walker, WR, North Carolina