Craig Strobeck - USA Today Sports
Craig Strobeck - USA Today Sports

Bears select top receiver Rome Odunze with No. 9 overall pick


by - Senior Editor -

The Bears have another playmaker for their 2024 offense.

On Thursday night, the Chicago Bears selected receiver Rome Odunze with the No. 9 overall pick in the 2024 NFL draft.

Odunze had impressive stats last season: 1,639 yards (1st), 74 first downs (1st), 21 contested catches (1st), 75% contested catch rate (1st), a 15.5-yard average depth of target (2nd), 13 TDs (t-4th), and a 3.2% drop rate (6th).

The Bears have a tremendous offensive duo out of the draft: quarterback Caleb Williams and Odunze, who are already friends and have thrown balls to each other as recently as last week.

"I think we can do special things," Odunze said during his media conference call after being selected with Williams. ItÔÇÖs awesome to come in with a rookie quarterback because we can grow alongside each other."

Bears general manager Ryan Poles was thrilled out the first round went.

"If you told me we'd end up with Caleb and Rome a few weeks ago, I would have said you're crazy," Poles told the media. I was nervous he wasn't going to be there. Ian had to hold me back from trading up and doing something crazy."

The Bears have two draft picks left: No. 75 overall in the third round and No. 122 overall in the fourth round. Those two rounds will be held on Friday evening.

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