Give Ryan Pace credit for putting it all on the line to get a franchise quarterback. That deserves props, but with it comes a great amount of risk. If Trubisky turns into a top five quarterback, then Ryan Pace’s draft will run circles around this one. But even if Trubisky just becomes an average starting quarterback (or worse), Pace’s draft will be a bust and he will be out of a job.
If Pace took a different path, something similar to this one, he would have had instant help all over the field. Adams instantly starts at safety and Jones almost certainly starts on offense. If he doesn’t he’s getting significant snaps. Webb, of course, would sit this year and hopefully develop. But in the fourth round, they would have two rookies that would provide depth at multiple positions with the ability to start one day. Grabbing Leggett in the fifth round is a solid backup for Zach Miller and when Miller inevitably gets hurt, he could step in, start, and be a legit target for Glennon. As for Rochell, he’s a shot in the dark, but in the seventh round, why not?
With Pace’s current draft, Trubisky will sit this year. TE Adam Shaheen is a project who won’t play much this year. Tarik Cohen will never be a full-time player and Jordan Morgan has no ability to play on the outside at the NFL level and will hopefully one day take over for Sitton on a best case scenario. As for Eddie Jackson, if he stays on the field, he can definitely contribute, but that’s a big if based on the fact that he’s had two major injuries in three seasons.
Drafting bold is great, but sometimes drafting smart is better.