The desire for the Bears to draft a quarterback in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft is heavy. Fans want either Deshaun Watson, Mitch Trubisky or DeShone Kizer. And it’s likely that one of those three guys will be there when the Bears pick third in the first round of the draft. But is a quarterback worth taking at number three?
This writer’s favorite scenario for the Bears to trade down in the first round, somewhere in the middle and pick up extra draft picks. There, they could maybe take a guy like Watson (he may slide) who could fall into the 10-15 range. They might be able to get a good safety or take the best player available.
So, playing on a scenario where the Bears trade down, it’s time to go out on limb. Let’s say the Bears trade down from number three to number 14 in the draft. They can pick up some extra draft picks doing that (we won’t guess on which picks they get) and get more talent. But who would they select at that spot in the draft?
Aside from quarterback, one of the biggest needs the Bears have is safety. There are three players in this draft who, right now, are rated as first round talent at the position. They are Michigan’s Jabrill Peppers, Ohio State’s Malik Hooker and LSU’s Jamal Adams. It’s very likely one of these three players will be there when the Bears pick at number 13.
Please note that Hooker did undergo surgery recently and will be out 4-6 months. It will be hard to get a read on him. Would Adams and Peppers be available at number 13?
Adams may be the best fit for the Bears. With Hooker recovering from surgery and Peppers likely to be the first safety taken (as it stands now) Adams may it. He quietly could be the stronger of the three and has had a proven and productive college career. That counts for a lot.
Scouts seem to think that there aren’t any glaring weaknesses with Adams. If he lasts (in this mock draft) the Bears would be crazy to pass him up. They need the help and he can provide it.