So what does a loss mean for the Bears’ current draft hopes?
Following Sunday’s win, the Bears currently hold the two of the top three picks in the 2024 NFL draft, according to Tankathon.
The Carolina Panthers’ first-round pick, which belongs to Chicago, has dropped to No. 2 overall after the team recorded their first win of the season. Meanwhile, the Bears’ selection remains the third overall pick after Chicago’s loss to the Chargers.
Bears (via Panthers, 1-6)
There’s still a lot of season left to be played, and Chicago landing the No. 1 pick is far from a certainty, as we’re seeing. If they do secure the top selection, general manager Ryan Poles will have an important decision to make — trade it and stick with Justin Fields or use the pick on a quarterback. But that decision is far down the road, especially as other positional concerns continue to rear their ugly heads.
The Panthers are one of a pair of one-win teams, alongside the Arizona Cardinals. For what it’s worth, Carolina hosts the Indianapolis Colts while Arizona faces the Cleveland Browns in Week 9. Something to monitor at the halfway mark of the season.
While the Detroit Lions (5-2) and Las Vegas Raiders (3-4) don’t play until Monday night, Chicago’s draft positioning won’t be impacted be either result (even after the Bears defeated the Raiders in Week 7).