5 Senior Bowl QBs for Chicago Bears to watch

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What should Chicago Bears fans be looking for in the Senior Bowl quarterbacks?

As the Chicago Bears head to Mobile for the start of the practice sessions at the Senior Bowl, there will be plenty of buzz around the quarterback prospects. While Ryan Pace committed to Mitch Trubisky as his starter next year, the rest of the quarterback room is currently empty.

The Bears will roll with Trubisky but will keep him on a much shorter leash. This means looking for a competent backup, as well as a third-string quarterback with more upside.

The Senior Bowl will present a great chance for the team to meet some of the more experienced prospects in college football.

Remember, the most important aspects of the Senior Bowl are the practice sessions. How these players can adjust to gameplans and show resolve by getting better day by day is most important. That is what the Bears staff will be looking at.

For this article, we will not be looking into Justin Herbert, either. Of the six quarterbacks in Mobile, he appears least likely to fall out of the top ten, let alone the first round.

With that in mind, the other five quarterbacks should be under the magnifying glass all week long. What are things that Bears fans should be reading and looking to see from the Senior Bowl quarterbacks?

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5. Steven Montez

Projected Draft Slot: Day 3 

Montez is an intriguing prospect. A three-year starter at Colorado, Montez has plenty of experience. His 1,321 pass attempts are about 800 more than Mitch Trubisky had when he was drafted. Montez has similar physical characteristics as he is a player with good size, arm strength, and enough mobility to be considered a threat.

Of course, Montez never had a year like Trubisky did at UNC, though. Over three years his TD-INT ratio was 18-9, 19-9 and 17-10. He is not the most dynamic playmaker and can turn the ball over.

Montez has a great arm but struggles to real it in. His accuracy comes and goes, and that is to all areas of the field. His mechanics are spotty, and his pocket movement can be sporadic.

What evaluators are going to want to see is his mental makeup. Can he process information quick enough for the NFL? Are the physical tools enough to where you can forgive some brain farts and mold this potential ball of clay? At best, Montez could be a late-round pick who steps in as a third quarterback but is hungry to compete with the two ahead of him.