1. Chicago Bears GM Ryan Pace addressed the most important position in a big way
The first reason why Pace nailed the 2021 NFL Draft is blatantly obvious, yet it cannot be overstated. We can talk until we are all blue in the face about the Bears moving up for Justin Fields, and it still wouldn’t be enough.
One has to understand the magnitude of this draft pick. Yes, the Bears’ current roster was pretty much set to win right now. All they needed was a competent quarterback. Now, they have themselves a guy who could end up being the greatest quarterback to ever play in a Bears uniform.
That’s not an exaggeration by any means, especially when you consider the franchise’s all-time leading passer is Jay Cutler with 23,443 yards. Cutler accomplished that feat while never even throwing for over 4,000 yards in a season. If Fields spends just five or six years with the Bears, he will be approaching Cutler’s record, and the way everyone feels about this kid, he’ll be around for much, much longer.
We knew there was no way the Bears could go into this season with Andy Dalton and Nick Foles as their quarterbacks. As much as the possibility still loomed over the head of Bears fans, most of us continued to feel as though it just couldn’t happen. Pace had to make a move for a quarterback — and he did.