Chicago Bears double up on quarterback in this seven-round mock draft
By Ryan Heckman
Round 7 Ι Pick 220: The Chicago Bears select quarterback Ian Book
What better round to take a shot on a developmental quarterback than the seventh and final round? Moreover, why not make it a kid who’s nearby and coming off a Rose Bowl appearance?
Ian Book didn’t have as great of a season he had in 2019, but he’s still going to land on an NFL team somewhere in the late rounds. Book is an ideal flier for the Bears because of his mobility and the traits he’s put on display at times.
He’s not as consistent as you’d like, but that’s why he’s going so late in the draft. Book is hit or miss, mostly. But, when he finds his rhythm, he looks pretty darn good, especially when chucking it deep.
Book’s passes show a lot of touch and, especially when throwing the long ball, look better than most throws by Trubisky. That’s the one thing Trubisky just can’t do very well, and Book has that potential to “wow” you with the deep passes.
Again, mobility is a plus, here. With a later prospect, you want to have that upside somewhere, and it comes with Book’s footwork. He can escape the pocket when need be and extend plays, which is certainly a must in today’s NFL.
The biggest thing Book needs to work on is not playing too free. The ability to extend plays is great, but Book has to figure out when to stay in the pocket and just deliver a quality throw. He’s also just 6-feet tall, which isn’t as big of an issue as it used to be, but it still presents an uphill battle in some respects.