Ryan Pace insists that the Bears are committed to finding a long-term solution to their quarterback issues this offseason. If that’s truly the case, neither Mitchell Trubisky nor Nick Foles can credibly be considered to be the team’s starter when the 2021 season begins.
It’s always possible that Chicago could use free agency or a trade to solve their quarterback issues. The most likely scenario is that the Bears will look to April’s NFL Draft to land a player capable of leading their offense for years to come. The track record of Pace and Chicago head coach Matt Nagy may not be promising on that front, but Bears fans can hope for things to be different this time around.
The franchise doesn’t have the elite draft pick required to land one of the class’ top signal-callers, but that doesn’t mean the Bears can’t find a relative diamond in the rough. Chicago fans should keep a close eye on the following three prospects.
It’s unclear whether or not Chicago’s current first round selection will be high enough to land Jones without making a trade. His stock is soaring after his brilliant performance against Ohio State in the National Championship game. It’s possible the Alabama star can force his way into the top-10 by the time April arrives.
On the other hand, questions about Jones’ ability to thrive without being surrounded by elite talent may bring his draft stock back down to Earth. He appears to be a quarterback prospect with a very high floor, but his ceiling might not be that high in actuality. At the very least, Chicago shouldn’t part with anything of value to move up to grab him in Round 1.