The Bears don’t need to draft a quarterback in the first round to find their signal caller of the future. They can find one in the second round.
But the Bears have other needs to address. Could they get by without a future franchise quarterback for another year? Can they a player at another position at number 36?
For the value, it might be wise if the Bears did take a quarterback here. But who could they take? Who would be available and who would have the best value?
Some feel that Notre Dame’s DeShone Kizer could be a second-round player but a lot of scouts think he is a late first rounder pre-combine. Deshaun Watson could be the first quarterback taken so scratch him from second round consideration. Mitch Trubisky appears to be dropping and could easily be around in the second round when the Bears pick at number 36.
There is one guy who some are overlooking as a second-round draft pick at quarterback. He has had a solid career and, with an impressive effort in the weeks before the draft, could be someone the Bears look at taking.
Miami’s Brad Kaaya could be available for the Bears in round two. He could be developed over the course of a season or two, with a bridge quarterback in the interim, and then end up the starter. Scouts seem to think that he has the skill to become a future starter, eventually, but needs time to develop. Would the Bears be willing to develop a quarterback?
Another interesting name to throw out there is Texas Tech’s Patrick Mahomes. Scouts have him rated as a second-round pick right now but he could slip into the top of the first round. He has gotten some good reviews and looks like he could be a future NFL star. Could he interest the Bears?