Chicago Bears: Only draft these two quarterbacks in the first round

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Chicago Bears, Trey Lance
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Trey Lance Ι North Dakota State University

The quarterback the Bears have the best chance of getting in the first round is Trey Lance out of North Dakota State. The FCS powerhouses have been churning out quarterbacks to the NFL as Carson Wentz and Easton Stick both were the starters for the Bison before Lance took over. Wentz went second overall in 2016 and Stick went in the fifth round.

The crazy thing is, Lance, as a redshirt freshman, played better than either of them ever did. Most people expected the Bison to take a step back in 2019 with an inexperienced redshirt freshman taking over, but they took a step forward even losing their head coach as well.

Lance in 2019 completed 66.9% of his passes for 2,786 yards and 28 touchdowns with 0 interceptions. He did not throw a single interception leading the Bison to a national championship. Think that’s impressive throwing the ball? He also ran the ball 169 times for 1,100 yards and 14 touchdowns. The dual-threat quarterback was unstoppable.

Lance played in one game in 2020 against a solid defense in Central Arkansas and struggled as he threw his first career interception. He got invited to the Senior Bowl in January to prove his worth to NFL teams.

He will be hard to get if the Bears do make the playoffs. If the Bears want to get an electric quarterback, they will likely have to trade up for him. The question is if they think he is worth it. He doesn’t have a lot of experience (sound like someone to you?), so it remains to be seen how the Bears gauge that after Trubisky didn’t live up to his pick.