Bears GM Ryan Poles says Rome Odunze was too good to pass on

The Chicago Bears have been declared winners following the 2024 NFL draft, and that has a lot to do with the selections of quarterback Caleb Williams and wide receiver Rome Odunze in the top 10.

While Williams was a lock to land in Chicago at No. 1, things couldn’t have worked out better for the Bears as Odunze — who would’ve been the top wideout in another draft class — fell into their lap at No. 9.

There are some who wondered whether Chicago contemplated trading out of that spot, considering they had just four draft picks heading into the draft. But any potential consideration changed when Odunze was still on the board at No. 9.

During an appearance on “The Pat McAfee Show,” general manager Ryan Poles said nothing was going to stop the Bears from selecting Odunze at ninth overall.

Rome was at the top of our list,” Poles said. “… There’s certain guys you don’t pass up on. Rome’s one of them. It’s hard to find a guy that is that big and that talented at the receiver spot. On top of that being an unbelievable human being, as well. There was no moving off Rome at all.”

Poles confirmed that Odunze was one of the blue-chip players on their draft board who they weren’t sure would be available at No. 9. In fact, Poles revealed during his post-draft press conference that assistant GM Ian Cunningham had to hold him back from trading up to grab Odunze.

Odunze joins a receiver group that already features two of the best in DJ Moore and Keenan Allen, giving Chicago an explosive passing offense — with Williams as the general.

Story originally appeared on Bears Wire