This is the time of year that speculation takes place over and over again throughout the NFL. Rumors start to float of possible trade targets like Deshaun Watson, Sam Darnold and in some cases even Tua Tagovailoa. Free agents, franchise tags and the 2021 NFL Draft are also discussed until there is nothing left to discuss. The Chicago Bears and its fan base are no different. Therefore, here we are discussing the 2021 NFL Draft three months early.
As the Senior Bowl is about to take place this weekend, plenty of players will look to prove themselves worthy and hope to shoot up draft boards prior to April. Obviously, once the new league year kicks off in March, plenty of things could change prior to the NFL Draft.
The Chicago Bears could trade for another quarterback. Ryan Pace could rework the salary cap and make a splash in free agency by signing a top offensive lineman like Trent Williams. Will Allen Robinson remain in a Bears uniform or will Pace tag and trade him (please do not let him walk for nothing)? As you can see, many questions remain and who knows what the answers will be if any.
For now, when we look at the current makeup of this Chicago Bears roster, there are a few glaring needs. Quarterback, offensive tackle (both sides) and wide receiver jump out to me as the top three. Linebacker, safety and a third corner standout also. If Ryan Pace moves on from Jimmy Graham then tight end is also joining that list.
No matter what happens, I am starting to come around to the idea of not looking at a quarterback early in the draft. Instead, here is how I would handle and who I would target in the first three rounds of the 2021 NFL Draft.