The Chicago Bears passed up C.J. Stroud and Bryce Young last year because they had Justin Fields. Now, they’ve got a shot at Caleb Williams.

They can’t miss another chance at a franchise quarterback.

The Bears traded away the No. 1 overall pick in the 2023 draft to the Carolina Panthers, who used it to select Young. They ended up with the top pick again this year because Young struggled and the Panthers flopped.

Fields, who was picked 11th overall in 2021, is 10-28 in three seasons in Chicago. He finished strong, leading the Bears to a 4-3 record over their final seven games last season.

But Williams is the future for Chicago. The first edition of the AP’s 2024 mock draft says the Bears keep the top pick and take Williams.

1. Chicago Bears: CALEB WILLIAMS,


Williams, the 2022 Heisman Trophy winner, didn’t work out at the NFL’s scouting combine in Indianapolis. He didn’t have to. He’s the consensus No. 1 pick and the Bears finally may have a long-term answer at the most important position.

2. Washington Commanders:



The Commanders choose the 2023 Heisman Trophy winner over Drake Maye, giving new offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury a dual-threat QB to build his offense around. Daniels has the ability to make big plays with his arm and legs while also taking care of the ball. He threw 40 touchdown pass and just four interceptions last season.

3. New England Patriots: DRAKE



It’s a new era in New England with Bill Belichick gone. Jerod Mayo took his place as head coach but the Patriots still haven’t found a QB to replace Tom Brady. Mac Jones, a first-round pick in 2021, fizzled after a solid rookie season. The 6foot-5, 220-pound Maye stood out at the combine with Williams and Daniels electing to not participate. He’s been one of the best college QBs over the past two seasons and has what it takes to be a franchise player.



Hall of Fame receiver Marvin Harrison’s son is considered the best overall prospect in the draft. He has all the physical tools and skills to follow in his dad’s footsteps and become one of the NFL’s dominant receivers.

5. Los Angeles Chargers: JOE ALT,

OFFENSIVE TACKLE, NOTRE DAME New Chargers coach Jim Harbaugh has made it clear the team must protect QB Justin Herbert and the offense has to run the ball efficiently. The 6-9, 321-pound Alt is an athletic, versatile player widely considered the best blocker in a strong draft class. His father, John Alt, was a twotime Pro Bowl left tackle in Kansas City.

6. New York Giants: MALIK NABERS,


The Giants haven’t had a 1,000-yard receiver since Odell Beckham Jr. in 2018. Naber gives them a physical receiver with elite ball skills and explosive routerunning ability. He caught 89 balls for 1,569 yards and 14 TDs last season.

7. Tennessee Titans: TALIESE FUAGA,


The Titans need to protect Will Levis after allowing an NFL-high 64 sacks last season. The massive Fuaga, 6-6, 324, excels in pass protection and is a peoplemover as a run blocker. He’s considered the second-best tackle behind Alt and projects to be an immediate starter at right tackle.

8. Atlanta Falcons: J.J. MCCARTHY,

QUARTERBACK, MICHIGAN New coach Raheem Morris and the Falcons will be looking for a franchise QB unless they trade for Fields or acquire Russell Wilson. This spot may be too early for McCarthy and Atlanta could trade back to get him. Despite playing in a run-heavy offense, McCarthy’s stock is on the rise after leading Michigan to a national championship. He’s a winner who brings plenty of intangibles along with a strong arm.

9. Chicago Bears: ROME ODUNZE,

WIDE RECEIVER, WASHINGTON The Bears could be in position to take the best edge rusher in the draft, but teaming Odunze with D.J. Moore to give Williams another playmaker is too enticing to pass up. Odunze has size, speed and skills to be elite. He had 92 catches, for 1,640 yards, 13 TDs in 2023.

10. New York Jets: OLUMUYIWA



Protecting Aaron Rodgers is the top priority. Fashanu had to cut his combine workout short because of a thigh injury, but expects to be ready for his pro day. The 6-6, 321-pound Fashanu is already an elite pass blocker on the right side. He didn’t allow a sack in college.

11. Minnesota Vikings: DALLAS

TURNER, EDGE, ALABAMA The Vikings take an athletic edge rusher in Turner. He has size, speed and burst to get after playmaking QBs. 12. Denver Broncos: BO NIX, QUARTERBACK, OREGON

Because they’ll have to replace Wilson, the Broncos grab Nix ahead of more talented players at other positions. Trading down to get one of the second-tier QB would be an ideal scenario. Wherever they get him, Nix seems like a perfect fit for coach Sean Payton. He had an impressive season, throwing for 4,508 yards and 45 TDs with only three interceptions while completing an astounding 77.4% of his passes.

13. Las Vegas Raiders: BYRON MURPHY, DEFENSIVE TACKLE, TEXAS Unless one of the top five QBs are available, the Raiders bolster the interior of their defensive line by plugging the powerful Murphy in the middle.

14. New Orleans Saints: LAIATU


Latu was the best defensive end in college last season, earning both the Lombardi and Ted Hendricks awards. He’ll give the Saints a pass rusher with gamechanging skills.

15. Indianapolis Colts: TERRION

ARNOLD, CORNERBACK, ALABAMA Arnold is an exceptional cover guy tough enough to be an asset against the run and has excellent ball skills.

16. Seattle Seahawks: KRIS JENKINS,

DEFENSIVE TACKLE, MICHIGAN The son of two-time All-Pro nose tackle Kris Jenkins has the ability to wreak havoc in the middle of a defensive line as a premier run-stuffer.

17. Jacksonville Jaguars: BRIAN

THOMAS, JR., WIDE RECEIVER, LSU Trevor Lawrence gets a playmaker over a pass protector. Thomas had 1,177 yards receiving on 68 catches and just ran a 4.33 40-yard dash at the combine.

18. Cincinnati Bengals: J.C. LATHAM,

OFFENSIVE TACKLE, ALABAMA Latham gives the Bengals more protection for Joe Burrow. He’s an athletic, powerful right tackle who should be an immediate starter.

19. Los Angeles Rams: NATE WIGGINS, CORNERBACK, CLEMSON Wiggins has elite speed, he’s versatile and is a playmaker.

20. Pittsburgh Steelers: QUINYON



Mitchell ran a 4.33 second 40-yard dash at the combine and gives the Steelers another young potential star to pair opposite Joey Porter Jr.


Guyton is a mammoth (6-8, 322) and athletic tackle versatile enough to play either side, giving the Dolphins and Tua Tagovailoa an anchor opposite Terron Armstead.

22. Philadelphia Eagles: COOPER DEJEAN, CORNERBACK, IOWA DeJean didn’t allow a touchdown in coverage last season and he’s versatile so the secondary-needy Eagles can use him in various ways.

23. Houston Texans: JARED VERSE,


The Texans get a steal when Verse slips out of the top 10. He had an impressive showing at the combine and possesses the skills to be an elite pass rusher.

24. Dallas Cowboys: AMARIUS MIMS,

OFFENSIVE TACKLE, GEORGIA The Cowboys get a combine superstar in Mims, who has outstanding speed for a giant (6-7, 340) of a man.

25. Green Bay Packers: PATRICK


The Packers get a behemoth bookend tackle in a draft filled with talent at this spot. Paul is 6-7, 333 pounds yet agile enough to take on speedy edge rushers.

26. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: JACKSON POWERS-JOHNSON, OFFENSIVE LINEMAN, OREGON Powers-Johnson is the consensus No. 1 center/interior offensive lineman in the draft. The Buccaneers snag a projected top 20 player to anchor the middle of their line.

27. Arizona Cardinals: JER’ZHAN



Newton is a disruptive interior defender who brings a physical presence in the middle of the line along with outstanding ability to get to the quarterback.

28. Buffalo Bills: CHOP ROBINSON,


Coming off an impressive combine, Robinson is drawing comparisons to former Nittany Lions star Micah Parsons.

29. Detroit Lions: KAMARI LASSITER,

CORNERBACK, GEORGIA Steps in right away to bolster the defense for the NFC runner-up Lions.


Morgan is a versatile lineman who played tackle but can move to guard.

31. San Francisco 49ers: GRAHAM



Barton fits nicely in coach Kyle Shanahan’s run schemes and is a versatile pass protector who can play tackle or guard.

32. Kansas City Chiefs: XAVIER WORTHY, WIDE RECEIVER, TEXAS The Chiefs have won consecutive Super Bowls since trading Tyreek Hill but now add someone even faster. Worthy set a combined record with a 4.21 40-yard dash.