It appears that, for now, the Bears plan to keep the No. 1 overall pick in April, but at least one of the franchise’s former players wants them to avoid selecting Caleb Williams.
In an interview with NBC Sports Chicago ahead of Super Bowl 2024, Merril Hoge said that Williams — the former USC quarterback viewed as the most likely option to become the first pick — “is not special.”
“He is not something unique like a Patrick Mahomes,” Hoge said. “And I hope the Bears don’t think, ‘Well, let’s try to make up for our mistake when we passed up Patrick Mahomes and go get the Patrick Mahomes.’ This kid is not Patrick Mahomes. He ain’t even remotely close to that.”