Chicago Bears NFL Draft 2021: 5 underrated first-round targets

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As the Chicago Bears get set for the 2021 NFL Draft, fans have to remember that absolutely anything is possible.

Going into the 2017 NFL Draft, general manager Ryan Pace tried to fool us all into thinking Mike Glennon was his starting quarterback before moving up to select Mitchell Trubisky at no. 2 overall.

This year, we might end up seeing the same scenario — or some might hope. This time, Pace could shock us all and move up quite high to snag one of the top five quarterbacks. With this attempt, one can only pray that it equals a quarterback with more promise than Trubisky.

The odds of something like that happening, though, are not exactly exponential. There is much belief that the first three picks will be quarterbacks, and if the Atlanta Falcons do trade the fourth pick, that could mean a fourth quarterback in a row. The Bears’ only hope might be to execute a deal with Atlanta, then. But, if they don’t, what is the right move?

If the Chicago Bears stay put at no. 20 overall, expect the unexpected.

Pace has proven time and time again that he’s unafraid to commit to his guy. Whether we’re talking about quarterback, or another position, he’s historically gone with his gut. There have been times it doesn’t exactly work out — i.e. Trubisky or, arguably an equally-embarrassing blunder, Adam Shaheen.

At number 20 overall, the Bears will have so many options. That part of the first round is where things get messy because, as is the case each season, there are about 50 players who could boast first-round grades by many outlets.

Players will slip and players will be reached for. There is no telling what Ryan Pace will do. For that reason, fans should not overlook the following players. Don’t be surprised if one of them is the pick.

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