It’s almost time for the 2021 NFL Draft, and this isn’t Ryan Pace’s first rodeo. The Chicago Bears are in an eerily similar position they once were, just four years ago.
Four years ago, the Bears went out and signed free agent Mike Glennon, who was coming off an up-and-down tenure with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Glennon said and did all the right things up to the point of getting signed, as well as for the remainder of the 2017 offseason.
Yet, still, Pace made a move up in that year’s draft to secure a rookie quarterback — Mitchell Trubisky.
While Trubisky may not have worked out, the move itself still means something. In retrospect, Trubisky may not have been the right quarterback to select. However, Pace still made a move for his team that was in need. This year, his team is yet again in need. Except this time, it might be his last rodeo.
Ryan Pace and the Chicago Bears have to take advantage of a draft day trade.
Like they did four years ago, the Bears have to move up to get a quarterback. Four years ago, it was Glennon and Mark Sanchez on the roster. This year, it’s Andy Dalton and Nick Foles. Whether or not you see Dalton and Foles as upgrades to the other two is irrelevant.
The fact of the matter is, these Bears are not competing for the foreseeable future without a franchise quarterback.
Chicago has pieces in place. The defense still has plenty of talent. In 2021, it’s about the scheme and taking full advantage of that talent. The offense, meanwhile, has playmakers. David Montgomery is just getting going. Allen Robinson is still a top-tier receiver. Darnell Mooney and Cole Kmet are ascending players.
This team has plenty to work with. The one thing they’re missing? It’s blatantly obvious.
A quarterback could be there for the taking if Chicago makes a trade up. Fortunately, there are three specific teams currently looking at trading back. There are scenarios in which all three might make sense for the Bears. Let’s look at that trio of franchises and what it would look like for the Bears moving up.