Chicago Bears NFL Draft 2021: 5 factors that harm this year’s draft

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The Chicago Bears aren’t quite as run-down as some other teams around the NFL, but they are getting close.

It takes a very specific level of talent and discipline to continuously be a satisfactory, mediocre or almost-sufficient football team — over and over again. The Bears aren’t exactly a train wreck like, say, the Houston Texans have been post-Bill O’Brien. Yet, they don’t feel that far away.

At the same time, this team doesn’t feel far from contending, either. As we have established time and time again, the Bears are really just a quarterback away — or so we think.

The jury is still out on head coach Matt Nagy and whether or not he is capable of doing his job at a high level. Is he better suited as just an offensive coordinator, or can the Bears trust him to run the team? Some wonder, even if Chicago somehow landed a quarterback like Russell Wilson, if Nagy’s play-calling and offensive game plan would continue to fluctuate.

Beyond Nagy’s play-calling and leadership, the Bears have a few worrisome aspects to the franchise.

The 2021 NFL Draft highlights several glaring issues with the Chicago Bears

None of us know what the Bears are going to do come draft day. Something tells me that you can have the most connected media member give their prediction, yet nobody has a clue what general manager Ryan Pace will do. He is as unpredictable as they come at times.

What we do know is this: Pace has his work cut out for him.

The Bears have created more holes this offseason and over the last year than they have filled. Sure, we can finally feel great about the tight end and kicker positions. But, how many other positions have actually become in question since those two were solidified?

This draft is going to be a make-or-break weekend for Pace. He has a whole lot of work to do and not enough resources. Will the Bears be able to compete in 2021 after this draft? If we’re taking the following aspects into consideration, it’s tough to believe in them.