Chicago Bears: Ryan Pace must avoid the temptation to draft this quarterback

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Jordan Love has been gaining a lot of steam heading towards the draft, but the Chicago Bears and general manager Ryan Pace should steer clear of him.

With the uncertainty in the Chicago Bears quarterback room beyond 2021, it’s easy to understand the temptation for general manager Ryan Pace to move up in the draft to get a guy like Jordan Love. Thanks to the Khalil Mack trade, the Bears won’t be making their first selection until the second round in the draft.

But they have two picks separated by seven slots, and while one is almost guaranteed to be reserved for offensive line help, there’s some flexibility in what direction Pace might go. Still, it’s tempting to offer both picks to a team in the first round, but at some point, the Chicago Bears need to stop mortgaging their future draft capital.

The Bears have moved up in the draft the past two years, acquiring Anthony Miller in the second round of the 2018 draft and David Montgomery in the third round of the 2019 draft. Now without picks in the third and fourth round this year, it’s important to make the second round picks count.

That doesn’t take into account that Love may be the most overhyped projected first-round quarterback since Tim Tebow. Love caught everyone’s attention in 2018 when he threw for 3,567 yards – completing 64.0 percent of his passes – with a 32-to-6 touchdown to interception ratio.

However, his numbers took a hit last year. He passed for over 3,400 yards, but he posted a 20-to-17 TD/INT ratio and saw his completion percentage drop to 61.9.

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