2021 NFL mock draft sends Bears a first-round QB, just not the one you’d think
The NFL draft for 2021 is more than six months away, but as always this time of year, bill drafts are being created at a fast and frenzied pace.
Is it silly to pay too much attention to bogus drafts in October? A little, but if you don't think they have any value, you're missing out on a great opportunity to build an understanding of the upcoming design class and potential team needs that are starting to crystallize across the NFL.
For the Bears, the draft conversation for 2021 begins at the quarterback, where veteran Nick Foles serves as a quality bridge for anyone who will take the next step as the team's long-term franchise passerby.
Most of the bill designs have Clemson's Trevor Lawrence, Justin Fields of Ohio, and Trey Lance of North Dakota at the top of the quarterback class, with all three falling off the board in or around the first 10 picks.
BYU's Zach Wilson and Alabama's Mac Jones are also gaining momentum as potential first-round quarterbacks, but if the Bears are caught up - assuming their 5-1 start isn't a fluke - they could stay just off the top . Quarterback Range.
According to the latest draft from The Draft Network, GM Ryan Pace is still going to attack a signal caller, and that guy hasn't been discussed (at least yet) as a top 32 consensus name: Florida's Kyle Trask.
It's not Mitchell Trubisky and it's not Nick Foles. The bears hold one of the most surprising records in the NFL - if I'm kidding, their 5-1 records are without a doubt the most surprising. However, you cannot drink your own Kool-Aid. You have to change something and invest in a new future at this point.
Trask has had a great start into 2020. He has completed 71.8% of his passes (in three games) for 996 yards, 14 touchdowns, and only one interception.
Trask also sees the part next to production. At 6 to 5 and 239 pounds, he's the prototype (or at least the earlier prototype) for the position in the NFL. He moves well too and has an NFL eligible arm.
The problem with projecting Trask onto the Bears is that he's not a slamdunk must-have first-round quarterback and I see that Pace isn't at risk for a quarterback after his epic failure in the Trubisky picks in 2017 comes in.
The next quarterback Pace picks is going to be a guy not to be missed. Otherwise, it's safer to expect him to wait until day two (or later) when there is less pressure on his next handpicked QB.
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