Chicago Bears: A top-ranked quarterback falls in three-round mock draft

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The Chicago Bears are stuck between a rock and a hard place right now. No, do not feel bad for them, the team is in this position for no other reason than their own doing. Ryan Pace essentially went “all in” on Mitch Trubisky and never had a true backup plan. Backup plans are key at the quarterback position, especially when relying on a rookie. For a general manager who spoke about how a team should draft a quarterback every year, he sure didn’t come close to that one.

Instead, the Chicago Bears were hopeful that Trubisky would become the franchise quarterback this team and their fans deserve. When that did not look to be a possibility, Pace and Matt Nagy panicked. The duo decided to trade away a compensatory 2020 fourth-round pick for Nick Foles.

Foles made a lot of sense on paper. The team was headed into a pandemic with a fear of the unknown. The addition of offensive coordinator, Bill Lazor, and quarterbacks coach, John DeFilippo also made the choice of bringing in Foles a no-brainer due to past connections.

Other names were being floated around that offseason. Cam Newton, Andy Dalton, Derek Carr, Marcus Mariota and more were options linked to the Chicago Bears in 2020. Foles would not have been my first choice. My first choice, Derek Carr, never became a true option as the Raiders were not moving on from him. Andy Dalton was still with the Bengals and apparently wanted too much in a trade for the quarterback the team eventually released.

This is where Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy went wrong. The two panicked and did not show the patience needed. Last year, Andy Dalton signed a one-year contract for only $3 million dollars to back up Dak Prescott in Dallas. Now, the Chicago Bears are paying him a guaranteed $10 million with incentives to reach $13 million dollars. Had Pace and Nagy been patient in 2020, the team could have already seen what Dalton could have done in this offense for a $7 to $10 million discount.

In this mock draft, I decided I wanted to show some patience. I wanted to see what would happen if I waited instead of trading up for a quarterback. Would one of the top offensive tackles fall? How about a wide receiver? Well, in this case, I was lucky to land one of the top-five quarterbacks.