Jackson Powers-Johnson, the top center in the 2024 NFL draft class, has sparked rumors about potentially landing with the Chicago bears after announcing his official pre-draft visit with the team in a recent post to his Instagram story.

 

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Donning a pair of orange-and-blue eclipse glasses, Powers-Johnson posted a smiling selfie to his Instagram story  on April 8 with a location-pin caption that read: “Chicago Bears Halas Hall.” His presence at the team’s facility also confirms that the Bears brought him in for an official Top 30 visit since the Oregon standout and Utah native is not eligible to take a local visit or attend their local prospect pro day.

Powers-Johnson is a potential first-round pick and the undisputed top center in the 2024 class after he gave up no sacks or quarterback hits over 829 offensive snaps at the position during his final year with the Ducks. He also finished as one of pro football focus during the 2023 FBS season, earning an elite 90.6 pass-blocking grade and a comparable 85.6 run-blocking grade.

 

The Bears’ selection order is what makes Chicago’s interest in Powers-Johnson so fascinating. They own the first and ninth overall picks, and they don’t make another selection until early in the third round, at number 75. Powers-Johnson is expected to go in that area in most forecasts, so it would be absurd for them to take a centre with either of their two top-10 picks, regardless of how excellent he is.

The Bears could have different ideas on how to go after Powers-Johnson then.

 

Jackson Powers-Johnson Could Transform Bears OL

 

In 2023, Powers-Johnson made his debut as a starter in his first full season. He is a strong and vicious inside mauler. With 37 total knockdowns, the 6-foot-3, 328-pound centre outscored his Pac-12 opponents and helped the Ducks become one of the greatest passing (first) and scoring (second) offences in the FBS. At the conclusion of the season, he had won the Rimington Trophy, which goes to the best centre in the country, and had been voted a unanimous All-American.

The video also demonstrated Powers-Johnson’s unwavering work ethic as a blocker. He is just as eager to drop back into the trenches as he is to dash to the second level to impede a defensive back or linebacker.

 

Former starter Kyle Long sees “Chicago Bear” in all of these things and more.

On the CHGO Bears Podcast, Long recently stated of Powers-Johnson, “If you do attain the guy, you’re getting yourself a stud.”

“You’re getting a player who can lead that offensive line room, who can swab out that A gap in the run game, and who is a true communicator in the pass game.” It goes without saying that he prioritises his strength training. He looks amazing. When it comes to strength at the line of scrimmage, he is never outmatched. Additionally, I believe his character matches Chicago.

In the summer, the Bears did add several experienced players to their centre of excellence. After acquiring Ryan Bates from Buffalo with a fifth-round selection, they acquired former

That said, Powers-Johnson has the potential to be a long-term centerpiece for the Bears’ line alongside first-round right tackle Darnell Wright. Can they pass that up?

 

Bears Could Trade Up — Not Down — for Powers-Johnson

 

With their No. 9 overall pick, the Bears have a fantastic chance to choose a blue-chip talent. They may catch a good wide receiver right there. If not, they could still have their preferred pass rushers or Notre Dame left tackle Joe Alt available. They have even more motivation to use it rather than trading back into the first round because they have no idea when they will get another opportunity to choose in the top ten.

But what if the Bears see Powers-Johnson as a target for a trade-up?

 

 

The Bears may be more interested in seeing Powers-Johnson drop out of the first round and into the second than they are in seeing him as a late first-round potential. The fact that Chicago does not presently own a second-round pick may change if the organisation decides to move up from No. 75 in the third round in order to acquire a certain prospect. They don’t have many resources for the 2024 draft, but they do have two second-round picks in 2025.

In his first two drafts, Bears general manager Ryan Poles has traded up more than down, but he did make a move to get cornerback Tyrique Stevenson by moving up from No. 61 to No. 56 (along with a fourth-round pick).

 

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