With less than a day until the NFL draft, the Chicago Bears have a lot to think about with the potential choices they will face and the needs they need to fill.
The Bears have their own picks in Rounds 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6, and they obtained a second sixth-round selection from the Dolphins last summer. The team was also awarded two more sixth-round compensatory choices, based on a net loss of free agents, but they traded their fourth-round pick to the Vikings during last year’s draft and dealt their seventh-round choice to Raiders.
Fansided’s Joseph Herff reports there have been rumors of the Denver Broncos trading back in the NFL Draft — which Benjamin Allbright echoed on Twitter. If the Broncos and the Bears can make a deal, the Bears could move up to the Broncos’ old spot and take Justin Fields.
Herff said Fields is his second-highest graded quarterback in the 2021 NFL Draft class.
“He displays a high football IQ and great leadership that is constantly being hated upon with no evidence,” Herff reports. “Fields additionally displays toughness as well as he played through an injury against Clemson and continued to light it up.”
He said Fields has the dual-threat capability that is desirable in a modern-day NFL quarterback.
“More and more, we are seeing quarterbacks like Josh Allen and Lamar Jackson excel both through the air and with their legs,” Herff wrote. “Fields has that ability paired with an incredible arm.”
Herff said there is a high chance that drafting Fields would mean he is the Day One starter for the Bears.
“I don’t see a scenario that he loses out to Andy Dalton in a quarterback battle unless Matt Nagy deems him not ready yet, which sometimes is the case. Dalton could be used as a bridge for a year with Fields learning the offense.”
The 86th annual NFL Draft will be conducted Thursday through Saturday in downtown Cleveland. The first round will be held Thursday beginning at 7 p.m. (CT).