Chicago Bears: 3 Ways the 2021 NFL Draft can save the franchise
The 2021 NFL Draft class looks to be loaded at the quarterback position
One of the better and more current NFL prospect rankings for the 2021 NFL Draft is put together by the Draft Network (TDN). While looking through the site’s rankings, there is one thing that quickly jumps out at me — the quarterback position looks to be very deep.
With the first pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the [Jets most likely] select Trevor Lawrence, quarterback from Clemson. Lawrence is the top prospect coming out of college this year. The chances of the Chicago Bears snagging Lawrence is less than one percent, but would the worst team in the league consider moving on from Lawrence and moving back if the Chicago Bears hand over Khalil Mack and multiple first-round picks? I would not do it, but I know some fans would find it exciting.
Justin Fields is probably the second quarterback selected in the first round, but some may be swayed to grab Zach Wilson instead. Wilson has skyrocketed up many draft boards and many think he’s going to be a great NFL quarterback. I am not taking him over Fields, but I can see the infatuation with Wilson. TDN has all three within the top 13 players on their big board and likely out of reach for the Chicago Bears who sit at 13th overall.
The good news is that there are still some great quarterbacks left on the board. In fact, TDN has four more within the top 100, and honestly, I am surprised that Mac Jones is not higher than his 100th overall ranking. Trey Lance comes in at 14th overall and he is followed by Kyle Trask at 55th. Could the Chicago Bears snag Trask or Jones in the second round? Do they trade up for one of the other names? This might be difficult with five to six teams ahead of them also needing a quarterback.