Why full list of Bears 2024 draft picks won’t be official for a while

An explanation of the NFL’s comp picks

By Alex Shapiro • Published January 24, 2024 • Updated on January 24, 2024 at 4:50 pm

 

 

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Alex Shapiro joins Leila Rahimi on Football Nigh in Chicago to bears down his latest mock draft, which has the Bears trading up to get Caleb Williams and Marvin Harrison Jr.

 

Now that the regular season has been over for nearly a month, end-of-year press conferences are far back in the rearview mirror and Shane Waldron is in place as the team’s new offensive coordinator, many Bears fans have turned their attention to the draft. Yes, free agency will start first and contract extensions for players like Jaylon Johnson could be forthcoming. But the tantalizing nature of the No. 1 overall pick and the opportunity to either draft a player like Caleb Williams or trade back for a bounty of picks has many squarely focused on what GM Ryan Poles will do when he’s officially on the clock.

 

Of course, the Bears’ draft decisions merely begin with their choice at No. 1. In all, they have six draft picks this year, and there’s an outside chance they could accrue more. That’s because the league has yet to award compensatory or supplementary picks for this year’s draft.

 

Each season, the league hands out extra picks to teams that lost more valuable players via free agency than they signed. A variety of factors is used to determine the “value” of players lost and signed, including salary, playing time and postseason awards. Those comp picks fall at the ends of rounds starting in round three and going all the way through round seven.

 

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Right now, the Bears are not projected to earn any comp picks. According to OverTheCap, the two free agents of note that they lost were David Montgomery and Riley Reiff. Those are well outweighed by signing Tremaine Edmunds, T.J. Edwards, Nate Davis, DeMarcus Walker, Andrew Billings and Robert Tonyan. It is worth noting that last season, the Bears were also not projected to earn any comp picks, but they ended up with an extra seventh-rounder which they used to select safety Kendall Williamson.

 

Here’s the full list of Bears draft picks right now. We don’t yet know exactly where the fourth-round picks and beyond will fall because of the upcoming comp picks.

 

-No. 1 overall (via Panthers)

-No. 9 overall

-No. 75 overall

-Fourth-round pick

-Fourth-round pick (via Eagles)

-Fifth-round pick

 

The Bears acquired the Panthers’ first-round pick in the deal that sent the No. 1 overall pick to Carolina last year. They got the Eagles’ fourth-rounder when the Eagles swapped spots with the Bears in last year’s draft to select Jalen Carter. Their second-round pick belongs to the Commanders due to the trade that brought Montez Sweat to Chicago. The Bears sent their sixth-round pick to the Dolphins in exchange for Dan Feeney and sent their seventh-round pick to the Patriots in exchange for N’Keal Harry.

 

 

 

 

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