Chicago Bears reach for quarterback in seven-round mock draft
By Joseph Herff
Joseph Herff’s Chicago Bears Mock Draft 4.0
Now, the Chicago Bears season is officially over. Well not officially, but it essentially is as the Bears saw themselves lose a 10 point lead with only four minutes remaining in the fourth quarter to the Detroit Lions. After that loss, the Bears now fall to 5-7 and get an earlier draft pick for the 2021 NFL Draft.
With this new draft, the Bears are now expected to get the 13th pick of the NFL Draft. The Bears still have a lot of issues to address of their team, but with the right selections, they can bounce back next season. They need to hit on their picks early and get players who can immediately impact their team.
The team needs for the Bears are mainly quarterback, offensive tackle, and wide receiver. With the horrible tackle and quarterback play for the Bears so far this season, this is no surprise. With Allen Robinson likely leaving after this season, the Bears need to add more wide receivers in hopes of replacing him.
This mock draft was conducted via The Draft Network NFL Mock Draft Machine using their player rankings as well. The additional mocks can be found at the end of the article.
Round 1, Pick No. 13
At this point of the mock draft conducted, the big four quarterbacks had gone off the board. Trevor Lawrence, Justin Fields, Zach Wilson, and Trey Lance went in the top 12. This caused me to reach for Mac Jones which personally, I have no issue doing.
Although Jones may be rated low by some sites, Jones is too impressive as a quarterback right now for me to not see him as a first-round quarterback. The Crimson Tide quarterback has taken the SEC by storm and absolutely lit up the stat sheet by picking apart secondaries like it is nothing.
This year, Jones has completed an astounding 75.7% of his passes for 3,113 yards (12.2 yards/completion) and 27 touchdowns to only three interceptions. He is first in all of college football with a 96.3 QBR according to ESPN.
Before Tua Tagovailoa got selected fifth overall in the NFL Draft, Alabama quarterbacks never really stuck in the NFL. Most of them turned out to be game managers at best like A.J. McCarron. It remains to be seen how Tagovailoa will turn out, but he looks to be the real deal.
Jones has looked even better than Tagovailoa ever did. With his elite accuracy, Jones has been nearly unstoppable at quarterback. Even with first-round talent Jaylen Waddle going down to injury, Jones hasn’t missed a beat still shredding apart the secondaries he’s faced. Jones is an NFL-ready quarterback that can start right away or sit behind Nick Foles until Foles loses his job.