Some may think it’s going to be difficult for the Chicago Bears to have an impactful draft haul in the 2021 NFL Draft.
However, that notion is simply because there isn’t an easy way for general manager Ryan Pace to move up and secure his franchise quarterback of the future. After all, that’s the most important position in football and the Bears have continually failed at solidifying it.
Specifically, Pace has failed at solidifying the quarterback position as he’s now on his fourth actual attempt at doing so. Previous tries include Mike Glennon, Mitchell Trubisky and Nick Foles — one could also mention Mark Sanchez if we’re getting picky.
The tough part about this year’s draft is that the Bears sit in the back half of the draft after a season where it felt as though they should be much higher in the pecking order. At the 20th overall pick, it’s going to be a miracle if the Bears see one of the top five quarterbacks fall. So, if they are all gone and the Bears stay at 20, what happens next?
Ryan Pace and the Chicago Bears could be in for a non-sexy pick at no. 20 overall.
Without the opportunity to select a top-tier quarterback in the first round, Pace is going to have to settle for the best player available at no. 20. It sounds odd putting it that way, having to “settle” for the best player there. But, again, fans care most about the quarterback position.
Outside of the top seven or eight picks, the first round could end up being a wild ride. Bears fans truly don’t know what to expect in terms of players available for Chicago in the first round. But, if we trust the experts, it’s not too difficult to project the most likely scenario.
In several recent consensus mock drafts, these are the most common players whom are being drafted ahead of the Bears’ number 20 pick:
Trevor Lawrence, Zach Wilson, Justin Fields, Trey Lance, Mac Jones, Kyle Pitts, Penei Sewell, Micah Parsons, Patrick Surtain Jr., Ja’Marr Chase, Jaylen Waddle, DeVonta Smith, Kwity Paye, Rashawn Slater, Jaelen Phillips, Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, Jaycee Horn, and Azeez Ojulari
With that in mind, the following five players are going to be the most likely available at pick 20 for the Bears. Not only that, but these are the top five best available if the previous players are off the board.