The Chicago Bears will not draft a quarterback on day 1 of the NFL Draft on Thursday night. The Bears solidified quarterback Jay Cutler‘s stance as the franchise quarterback with a 7-year contract extension in January.
While the Bears will not be drafting a quarterback on Thursday night, the team needs to monitor the quarterback position in the first round.
Current projections have there being a run on the quarterback position in the first round. Blake Bortles, Johnny Manziel, and Teddy Bridgewater are the three quarterback prospects that are expected to be drafted in the first round. Bridgewater’s stock has been falling so the chances are slim that he will be taken within the top 10 on Thursday night. Bortles and Manziel, however, are expected to be Top 10 draft picks.
With the Bears selecting at No. 14, the team needs to hope that at least two quarterbacks are taken before their selection. With that assurance, that increases the chances that one of the six players that Bears’ general manager Phil Emery has targeted will be available when the Bears are on the clock.
If no quarterback is taken before the Bears’ selection, then chances are all six of the players that Emery targeted will be off the board. Unless of course, Emery has another surprise selection up his sleeve.