Chicago Bears: Ryan Pace and scouts sending this confusing message

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The Chicago Bears have many needs heading into the 2020 NFL offseason. It seems the team is overlooking two of the biggest three needs though.

I know the 2020 NFL league year does not start until March 18, 2020. However, seeing some of these initial reports regarding prospects the Chicago Bears are meeting with has me rather confused. Ryan Pace clearly does not like to show his cards when it comes to the NFL Draft. He constantly meets with players he has no interest in and drafts guys he barely spoke to prior to Draft Day. Is he at it again?

The offensive line has lost their starting (might be too strong of a word due to his constant injuries) right guard in Kyle Long to retirement. Everyone on the line outside of Cody Whitehair struggled this past season, yet the Chicago Bears have only met with one offensive lineman while scouting players at the East/West Shrine Game and the Senior Bowl.

Yep. We should not try to read too much into these things but come on Pace. The team has met with two top tight end prospects and another small-school prospect, yet they have only met with one offensive lineman and one quarterback. I know, I brought up quarterback out of the blue here too, but even as a Mitchell Trubisky supporter, the team needs to consider drafting another quarterback in this upcoming 2020 NFL Draft.

If Pace is okay with showing his hand regarding the tight end position, does this mean he truly is not worried about the offensive line or the quarterback room? Reports are stating the Chicago Bears met with Matt Hennessy at the Senior Bowl. Hennessy is projected to be an inside lineman at only 6’4″. Despite his lack of height and length, he weighs in just over 300lbs.

Meeting with Hennessy is a smart move. However, there were plenty of solid offensive lineman at these two games the Chicago Bears should have met with and spoke to while they had the chance. The same could be said about the quarterback position.

Talking with Justin Herbert does no good as he will likely go within the top 20 picks of the draft. However, Jalen Hurts, Anthony Gordon and Jordan Love could be available during one of the Bears’ picks selections. Love is possibly going in the first round but could fall to the second. Hurts is rumored to go somewhere between the second and third and Gordon’s draft stock just keeps rising.

Instead, the Bears only met with James Morgan, a quarterback out of Bowling Green and Florida International. Morgan had his best season in 2018 when he threw 26 touchdowns and only seven interceptions for Florida International. He is likely to be a sixth-round pick or an undrafted free agent. He is not going to replace Trubisky in 2020, but looking into him is smart.

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I say it again, why only these two prospects and not any of the others at their respective positions? I truly hope Pace is playing a game here and shows his hand at the actual draft by taking an offensive lineman and quarterback at some point in the 2020 NFL Draft.