Chicago Bears: 2021 NFL Draft late-round quarterback targets

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Chicago Bears, Feleipe Franks
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Feleipe Franks, Arkansas

Feleipe Franks got very unlucky last season. Franks started off his 2019 season hot for the Florida Gators but suffered a broken ankle early into the season just to be replaced by fellow 2021 Draft prospect Kyle Trask. Franks then lost his job and transferred out of Florida to Arkansas.

Although Arkansas was fairly bad, Franks was not. He showed incredible accuracy and the ability to protect the football as well. He additionally has the desirable physical traits of a modern-day NFL quarterback. He’s a big-bodied quarterback at 6′ 6″ and he has solid athleticism to pair with this size. He really isn’t being talked about enough despite his impressive traits.

He, like many late quarterbacks, struggles with inconsistency and decision-making. His accuracy isn’t a concern, but he is streaky where he will get into cold streaks and have a hard time getting out of them, but it goes both ways as he also gets into hot streaks that are hard for him to break.

This is another guy that could benefit from sitting a few years on a stable team with a stable staff. If the Bears keep Nagy and the staff for a few years, he could be ready to take over this offense in a few seasons if he develops correctly.

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Final Thoughts:

The Bears need to draft a quarterback this year regardless. They need to start taking their shots on a potential franchise quarterback since they don’t have one currently on their roster. There are only two quarterbacks that should really even be considered in the first round for them. It’s not surefire that these late-round quarterbacks will hit, but it is worth a shot to see if one of them could develop into Prescott or Russell Wilson.