My latest mock draft of the Chicago Bears theme had echoes from their post-2020 season press conferences (i.e. collaborative pressers) running through my mind, and besides George McCaskey, Ted Philips, Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy using the word “collaborate” far too often, the next most discussed topic that January afternoon was the quarterback position.
The Bears’ Brass was careful in the way they spoke about all the QB questions that day, but made it clear that fixing the quarterback position was a priority this offseason.
At Pace and Nagy’s early March press conferences, the QB became a popular topic again. “Everything is on the table regarding the quarterback situation,” Pace said on the Zoom press, “and honestly that includes the players on our current roster, which includes free agency, trade, draft and a combination of all of those. We have a plan in place, and now it’s about executing that plan. “
They explored some trades but they were left empty, they have the unexciting Nick Foles who he came back from a year ago, and they made no effort to re-sign Mitch Trubisky, leading to Andy Dalton being added to free agency.
In his post-free agency press conference, Dalton said he was told he was the starting quarterback, the team’s Twitter account sent out a “Andy Dalton – QB1” tweet that angered the fan base, and both Pace and Nagy have recorded Dalton. being its headline right now, which makes Andy the plan … D.
(Okay, I couldn’t resist the rhyme, but Dalton sure wasn’t plan A, B, or C.)
I’m not as convinced Dalton is the Bears’ quarterback as some are, but he’s not going to be the long-term answer in Chicago, so this mock topic was all about getting a rookie quarterback in Windy City. .
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You can check out my mock drafts of previous topics here (Strict BPA) and here (all o-line).
I targeted the Los Angeles Chargers at 13 for a trade, because giving up a ton to go to the top 5 is something I have no interest in. The Chargers are an ideal business partner as they have their quarterback of the future in Justin Herbert. So getting them another rookie in the first round is something they may be looking forward to.
When I saw only one of the top 5 quarterbacks still on the board, I made my move. Going from 20 to 13 cost me the Bears’ second round, but I was able to get a sixth place on the deal, and here is who I ended up with.
Round 1 – 13th overall – QB, Mac Jones, Alabama
Truth be told, I would have made this trade for whatever QB was left on the board, as my goal was to get one from Jones, Trey Lance or Justin Fields. But those last two were gone, which left me with National Champion Jones. Dalton has said he would have no problem working in a quarterback room with a rookie, so he can mentor Jones until the rookie is ready.
As for Foles, if the Bears make a move for a QB in the first round, they will look to move him for a song.
Losing my second round wasn’t ideal, but the drill New York Jets He made me an offer to move up three spots on my 19th round third pick in exchange for his third and fourth rounds.
Offer accepted …
Round 3 – Pick 22 – 86th Overall – Overtime, Spencer K. Brown, Northern Iowa
Brown caused a stir in his professional day with his strange athletics, and with his size (6’8 ”, 311) there is probably a team to find out. Our leading Draft Analyst, Jacob Infante, is highly rated in the fourth round, so 86th would not be a great reach. He’s raw, played at a small school, and opted out of the 2020 season, but has yet to reach his full potential.
Round 4 – Pick 2 – 107th overall – CB, Kelvin Joseph, Kentucky
With Kyle Fuller released and free agent chosen Desmond Trufant signing a small 1-year contract, the Bears could use more talent in the corner, and having the speedy Joseph (4.34 forty in his pro day) in the fourth round would be good value. . He played outside and on the corner of the slot machines for the Wildcats, and while he will need some experience, this would be another great pick up.
This is the part of my topic drill where I’m overcorrecting Pace’s years of negligence by not drafting a quarterback. Every time I think of a team double-dipping at QB, my mind goes to what Washington did in 2012 when they took Robert Griffin III in the first round and Kirk Cousins in the fourth. Injuries derailed RG3’s career, but Washington highly valued Cousins before signing with the Vikings.
Round 5 – Pick 20 – 164th overall – QB, Sam Ehlinger, Texas
Ehlinger needs to be trained safely, but as a “special project” working with his college coach, Tom Herman, who is in his first year as the Bears’ offensive analyst / special projects coach, he could become a viable backup.
Round 6 – Pick 1 – 185th overall – EDGE, Victor Dimukeje, Duke
The Bears selected a developing lead back a year ago in Trevis Gipson, but you can never have enough young guys who want to go after the opposing quarterback. Some analysts I’ve seen say Dimukeje is more of a headhunter at this point in his career, but a few more tools in the toolbox could add nuance to his game.
Round 6 – Pick 20 – 204th General – S, Tyree Gillespie, Missouri
The Bears have had some luck in the deep end of the round, so it is imperative that someone push Deon Bush and DeAndre Houston-Carson. Gillespie is a physical player who is not afraid to go downhill and get into the action.
Round 6 – Pick 24 – 208th overall – WR, Marquez Stevenson, Houston
The Bears need to make a wide start at some point with the depth of this class, and while I was hoping to get one sooner, my board just didn’t drop that way. Stevenson had 22 touchdowns the past three years averaging nearly 5 receptions per game, and he also returned 3 kickoffs for TD in his college career. Jacob is fourth-round qualifying, so here’s a guy who can get pushed down due to the position being so stacked.
Round 6 – Pick 37 – 221 Overall – TE, Kenny Yeboah, Ole miss
Sure the Bears have amassed the bottom of the tight ends roster in recent years, but none of them have really worked out. The athletic Yeboah (6’4 ”, 247) projects to tight end U with the Bears, but he did show his willingness to mix as a blocker. He had 7 receptions, 181 yards and 2 touchdowns against Alabama in 2020.
Round 6 – Pick 44 – 228 Overall – CB, Chris Wilcox, BYU
Here’s a 6’2 ”, 198-pound corner who likes to play press coverage, who isn’t afraid to get physical, and who ran 4.31 forty on his pro day. It sure is a project, but with your last pick in the draft, a project is a possibility.
Do you think all the Dalton hype is a smokescreen and that the Bears are definitely ready to move up the ranks? NFL Draft if one of the best quarterbacks starts to fall?