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Four Key Positions the Bears Must Focus on During Day 2The Chicago Be


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Vince Carbonneau
April 26, 2024  (12:34)
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The Chicago Bears couldn't have imagined a more perfect first round in the 2024 NFL Draft. Landing Caleb Williams as the number one overall pick and Rome Odunze at number nine has exceeded all expectations.

This is a pivotal momentóChicago is on the brink of becoming a formidable force in the NFL.
With the adrenaline of Day 1 winding down, the Bears now look to Rounds 2 and 3, holding a critical pick at number 75. They might also gain additional picks through trades. At this stage, they should focus on bolstering specific positions to round out their roster.
**Offensive Tackle**
Although it seemed likely the Bears might use their ninth pick on an offensive tackle, choosing Odunze signals a temporary vote of confidence in Braxton Jones. However, introducing competition for Jones isn't out of the question. Notre Dame's Blake Fisher might be a potential target if they decide to strengthen their offensive line on Day 2.
**Defensive End**
Montez Sweat has shown he can almost single-handedly impact games, but he needs more support to enhance the pass rush. Potential Day 2 picks to look out for include Jonah Elliss from Utah, Bralen Trice from Washington, and Chris Braswell from Alabama.
**Defensive Tackle**
Opting for Odunze instead of Byron Murphy II left a gap that still needs to be filled. The Bears could greatly benefit from adding depth to their defensive line with players capable of becoming rotational stalwarts or even starters. Notable candidates include Kris Jenkins from Michigan, Maason Smith from LSU, Michael Hall Jr. from Ohio State, and Ruke Orhorhoro from Clemson.
**Interior Offensive Line**
While the interior line might seem secure for the upcoming season, the future beyond 2024 holds uncertainty. With Teven Jenkins and Nate Davis facing various challenges, and despite added depth from Ryan Bates and Coleman Shelton, the Bears need to think long-term. Potential picks include Cooper Beebe from Kansas State, Zak Zinter from Michigan, and Zach Frazier from West Virginia.
As the Bears approach these next rounds, targeting these positions will be crucial in building a robust team ready to contend in the near future.
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Four Key Positions the Bears Must Focus on During Day 2The Chicago Be

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