Blueprint to fix the Chicago Bears after Andy Dalton disaster

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If a major trade doesn’t happen, Chicago Bears must look to draft a quarterback

Here is my next move. The Chicago Bears must look to add one of the top-five quarterbacks in the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft. This could be difficult. Many draft analysts have four to five of the top quarterbacks being selected before the Chicago Bears pick at 20.

I am holding out hope that the analysts are overvaluing quarterbacks as they typically do in their mocks. I have this suspicious feeling that one or two of these players will fall. I believe it is a foregone conclusion that Trevor Lawrence and Zach Wilson will be the first two quarterbacks selected and are likely to go within the first four picks, if not the first two.

This leaves Trey Lance, Justin Fields, and Mac Jones left to choose from. Lance seems to be all over the place when it comes to pre-draft rankings. He is honestly third for me out of these three. I think he has the upside to be better than Mac Jones, but I just do not trust that personally. That said, I’d be perfectly okay with the Chicago Bears drafting him.

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The only one of these three I would trade up into the top-10 for is Justin Fields. He seems to be dropping and I am excited about this. I hope NFL teams are following along with the draft analysts who keep moving Fields down their boards. It honestly reminds me of the Deshaun Watson situation. If Fields falls to six or seven, Ryan Pace will need to pick up the phone and attempt to move up. Sending a 2022 and 2023 first-round pick is not out of the realm of possibilities here.

If the team is indeed not landing Russell Wilson or Deshaun Watson, then Justin Fields becomes my instant target. If Fields does not fall far enough or I cannot find a trade partner to move up, then I will turn my attention to Mac Jones and Trey Lance. The key here is not to sell off too many assets for either of these two though and honestly, hopefully, one should fall.

With the way free agency is going, there is a chance that teams will not be as desperate at the position. New England might wait now after re-signing Cam Newton. New England has the 15th pick and could be a trade partner for Chicago as Ryan Pace has made many draft-day moves involving the Patriots.

Teams ahead of the Bears who could potentially take a quarterback in the first round include Jaguars, Jets, Falcons, Lions, Panthers, Broncos, 49ers, Patriots and Washington. Ryan Pace has his work cut out for him, but he must be aggressive here.

Should a quarterback in the top-five not fall, then take the best offensive tackle in the first round and look to take a quarterback in either round two or three. This is not as ideal, but still crucial to the blueprint as the Chicago Bears must draft a quarterback within the first three rounds this year.