Chicago Bears: 5 under the radar candidates to replace Ryan Pace

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Chicago Bears, Will McClay
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The Chicago Bears look to Dallas

Our first candidate comes to us from the Lone Star State. Will McClay, the Vice President of Player Personnel for the Dallas Cowboys would is a very intriguing and qualified candidate.

McClay was one of the people responsible for drafting the quarterback, many Bears fans are hoping will end up in Chicago next year as a free agent — Dak Prescott. Prescott suffered a gruesome season-ending surgery and the Cowboys may decide to move on from him, as the two sides have not been able to reach a long-term deal. If they did, it certainly wouldn’t hurt the Bears chances to have McClay as the person in charge.

However, McClay’s resume goes beyond Prescott. During his tenure, he has played a role in the Cowboys drafting players like Leighton Vander Esch, Zack Martin, Ezekiel Elliott, Michael Gallup, and Tyron Smith, among others.

For a Bears team that has struggled with putting a competent offensive line on the field, plucking an executive from a team that has historically made it a priority would be a refreshing change. The Cowboys routinely have one of the best offensive lines in the league and that starts with identifying the talent but continues with a commitment to making it a priority. For those reasons, McClay would be a welcomed hire.