The possibilities are, in fact, endless for the Chicago Bears as they enter the 2021 NFL Draft.
Looking at the facts, no one truly knows what will happen. General manager Ryan Pace was given yet another year in Chicago, but we are not sure if this is his last chance or not. Knowing George McCaskey and Ted Phillips, Pace may very well have more time.
However, if he bombs this draft, 2021 will be his last season with the Bears, no question. Over the years, Pace has made some big moves. He’s made great decisions as well as some excruciatingly bad ones.
This year’s draft, Pace cannot afford to make those boneheaded mistakes. This Bears roster is ready to win right now, so long as he can add a couple of much-needed pieces.
The make-or-break round for Pace and the Chicago Bears could be in the fourth.
Looking at recent history, the Bears have hit the bullseye in the fourth round a couple of times with Tarik Cohen and Eddie Jackson being taken that round in the 2017 draft. Even the year prior, Chicago took Deon Bush and Nick Kwiatkoski, who have both turned out to be solid pros and have endured the test of time.
The fourth round is a crucial round for most teams, because that’s where you’re going to find some highly-talented players who slipped through the cracks for various reasons.
The only problem is, the Bears do not own a fourth rounder this year. Last spring, they traded it when moving up to select Trevis Gipson. If they are to play ball early on in Day 3, Pace is going to have to make a move up.
If I were a betting man, I would say the possibility of Pace acquiring a fourth-round pick is very high. He doesn’t sit quietly in drafts. Pace loves to make moves. He does it every year, and this year should be no different. If he does move up in the fourth round, Pace could be targeting one of the following prospects.