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The Bears’ first pick

The Chicago Bears had the first pick for this years draft, lets take a look at the players
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Caleb Williams, left, poses with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected first overall by the Chicago Bears during the first round of the 2024 NFL Draft at Campus Martius Park and Hart Plaza on Thursday, April 25, 2024 in Detroit.

On April 25, the Chicago Bears had the first pick in the NFL draft. It was a great night for the Bears, they received good picks and players.

The Bears drafted five players. Round 1, No. 1 was Caleb Williams, a quarterback from USC, Round 1, No. 9 Rome Odunze, Wide receiver from Washington, Round 3, No. 75 Kiran Amegadjie an Offensive tackle from Yale, Round 4, No. 122 Tory Taylor a Punter from Iowa, and Round 5, No. 144 Austin Booker a defensive end from Kansas.

“I would say the culture, the coaches, and that’s where it stems from. Then I’d also say the love and support that the fans have been giving. They’re ready, they’re hungry, they’re all excited, and so are we.” Williams said on a Zoom call with reporters.

The first round No. 9th pick Rome Odunze with an outstanding 4.45 40 yard dash. Who had led his college football team with 1,640 receiving yards.

“It was everything I ever dreamed of,” said Odnuze as he sat with host Jeff Joniak.

The Round 3 No. 75th pick Kiran Amegadji who did not a single sack while playing college, Amegadji is the 6th player from Yale to be drafted by the bears and continue his football career. Unfortunately Amegadji will not be attending during rookie camp due to an injury.

“A big man that we believe is going to continue to get bigger and more explosive so it should really increase the competition on our offensive line and make everyone better.” said General manager Ryan Poles

The Round 4 No. 122 pick Tory Taylor. Taylor had a FBS record of 4,479 punts and a 48.2 yard average. The Bears used the 122th pick on the GREATEST punter in college football.

“I saw the Illinois number on my phone and I was like ‘no effing way. Is this really happening?’ And it’s literally like a dream come true because I really, really wanted to come to Chicago.” said Taylor

The final pick for the Bears Round 5 No. 144th pick Austin Booker. The Bears traded back into the draft to get back Booker which they had sent to Buffalo. Booker is the 6th player to be drafted from Kansas to the Bears.

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