Top 5 Quarterbacks The Chicago Bears Should Target In The Draft

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Dec 13, 2013; Charleston, IL, USA; Eastern Illinois Panthers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) throws the ball during the fourth quarter against the Towson Tigers at O

2) Jimmy Garoppolo, Eastern Illinois

Garoppolo’s stock has skyrocketed in the past few months and he’s being mentioned now as potentially the very first quarterback off the board in the second round.  This likely puts him out of reach for the Bears, but should he fall, Emery and company need to nab him up.  He’s a physically and mentally tough player who has good anticipation skills and an excellent quick release on his throws.  He also showed incredible durability during his college career, starting 45 consecutive games without an injury.  Garoppolo will be a fantastic consolation prize for any team that misses out on Teddy Bridgewater, Blake Bortles and Johnny Manziel and could very well develop into a better long-term quarterback than any of the three.

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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.