By Colin Welniak ‘24

This past Thursday, the 2024 NFL draft was under way. The Chicago Bears were looking good with two picks in the first round, the first overall and the ninth overall picks.

Going into the draft, the Bears were favored to pick quarterback Caleb Williams number one overall, and they did. Caleb is one of the most polished and impressive players in the draft.

St. Rita senior David Lyle said, “I have been a Bears fan all my life, and this is the most excited I have ever been to watch the Chicago Bears play.”

Caleb Williams was drafted from USC. At USC Caleb had some very impressive accolades. Some include 10,000 passing yards, over 120 touchdowns, and one Heisman, which is one of the most impressive awards in college football.

Senior Ryan Hartz said, “I have been with the Bears through thick and thin, and I truly do believe this could be our year.”

Along with drafting Caleb Williams at number one, the Bears also had the ninth overall pick. Nobody really knew what the Bears were going to do.

With not a surprise to too many, the Bears ended up drafting wide receiver Rome Odunze from the University of Washington, coming off a very impressive season making a national championship appearance.

Junior Matt Glennon said, “I think Rome was a great pickup, and I think Rome and Caleb will bond very well together in this Bears offense.”

After a couple of rocky years, the Bears hope to roll back up to the top of the NFL.