Top 5 Quarterbacks The Chicago Bears Should Target In The Draft

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In Part 6 of our series, we looked at the top 5 safeties the Chicago Bears should target in this year’s NFL draft.  Now, in part 7, we’ll take a look at a position that is currently thin on the Bears roster and in need of a young arm — quarterback.

The Bears put a strong emphasis on the quarterback position this offseason when they re-signed Jay Cutler to a 7-year, $126 million deal.  They lost last year’s backup and part-time starter Josh McCown to the Lovie Smith-led Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but retained Jordan Palmer to back up Cutler this year.  Head coach Marc Trestman has proven himself as a quarterback guru throughout his career and general manager Phil Emery and the Bears now need to give him a chance to work with a rookie who he can mold into a formidable backup.

Emery and the Bears won’t likely use a high pick on a quarterback, but luckily there are several great options for them to take a look at in the middle rounds:

Jan 2, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback AJ McCarron (10) against the Oklahoma Sooners during the second half of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Oklahoma defeated Alabama 45-31. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

1) AJ McCarron, Alabama

There are several other quarterbacks in this class with better statistics and attributes than McCarron.  But his football I.Q. and competitiveness set him apart from the rest.  McCarron would absolutely thrive under Trestman and would be the perfect student for the Bears’ offensive system.  He’s got great decision-making abilities and does a fantastic job of managing games.  He’s a pure pocket passer with very limited speed and agility, but has good accuracy and can throw on the run.  Plus, as an added bonus, I don’t think Bears fans would mind seeing his fiance at every game.

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  • Dr. Johnny Nacho

    Any of those SEC guys would make a great understudy for Cutler the next few years.

  • Erik Lambert

    Good list. Personally I feel Garoppolo would be a great addition but he will be gone in the 2nd. I also like the buzz I’ve heard on Garrett Gilbert out of SMU. To me him, Savage and Jeff Mathews out of Cornell would be the most affordable options with upside.

    • Tooch

      Erik, I agree — Garoppolo would definitely force the Bears to stretch and take him in the second round. Great call on Gilbert and Mathews as well.

      • Erik Lambert

        Thanks Tooch. I’m trying to keep an eye out for “Trestman” types and those names stuck out the most.

  • Gioscianna

    Keith Wenning out of Ball State would be a solid QB to develop. He’s got average arm strength but great accuraccy and touch.

  • Wisdom Speaks

    This is why the NFL know-it-alls never get it right year in and year out, Aaron Murray will eventually be better than Manziel, Bridgewater, Bottles and Carr. Murray if anyone has even tried to look at his film should remind anyone with an eye for talent as being in the same class (talent wise) with Drew Brees of the Saints when he was at Purdue and was drafted in the 3rd round because NFL evaluators won’t enamored with his measurables and basicly dismissed what they saw on film. To many guys with so called desired measurables consistently fail at in the NFL because beyond their measurables their actual QB talent is bordering on average. But clueless NFL suits who draft always think they can fix and coach a player up who has had his entire life to show just exactly what talent they possess. All these misses are’nt accidental when comes to talent evaluation, measurables don’t make a football player but they are an asset that helps but don’t necessary mean a player will succeed because eventually talent trumps measurables which is something most talent evaluators seem to forget on a consistant basis.

    • John Johnson

      Brees dropped, but not that far. He was first pick of the 2nd round.