Chicago Bears: 3 Reasons they shouldn’t draft a QB in the first round
By Joseph Herff
Other options are available for the Chicago Bears
There are other ways to get your franchise quarterback as well. The main way to do this is to sign Dak Prescott this offseason. He would immediately solve all of the Bears’ quarterback issues as he is a top ten quarterback in the NFL who additionally is only 27 years old.
Prescott faced a lot of scrutiny in his time for the Dallas Cowboys, but he has proven time and time again that he is a great starting quarterback. He isn’t quite elite yet, but he is only 27. Prescott has never had a losing season in his time with the Cowboys even with the bad defense and bad coaching surrounding him.
In 2019 Prescott had insane numbers completing 65.1% of his passes for 4,902 yards, 30 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions. He posted an impressive 99.7 passer rating as well. This year he was on pace for out-of-this-world numbers. He was on pace for 68.2% completion for 6,760 yards, 36 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions.
It is no doubt that Prescott gets a lot of help from his offensive line and weapons, but what if Prescott is what makes those weapons look as good as they are? Without Prescott, the Cowboys are struggling hard as they are in last place in the weakest division in football at 4-9.
Even if they don’t get Prescott, they should establish who their bridge quarterback is. Maybe it is Foles behind an improved offensive line. Maybe they can bring back Trubisky to be their bridge quarterback. Additionally, there are a few free-agent quarterbacks they can go after to do this as well such as:
- Jameis Winston
- Jacoby Brissett
- Nick Mullens
- Andy Dalton
Regardless, the Bears may want to do this before they go after their quarterback. Doing this as the Chiefs did with Patrick Mahomes is the perfect way to treat this. They eased Mahomes in and gave him elite weapons in Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce while also giving him a great offensive line. It was perfect for his development and gave the team a Super Bowl in only Mahomes’ third season.
This isn’t to say to avoid a quarterback completely either. I am all for taking Kyle Trask in the second round of the draft or waiting until Day 3 to select Ian Book or Jamie Newman as a potential diamond-in-the-rough quarterback that could be serviceable much like Gardner Minshew for the Jaguars.