Chicago Bears: Grading NFC North 2021 first-round picks

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The Chicago Bears had a really nice time at the 2021 NFL Draft. They traded up to select Justin Fields in the first round. They moved up from pick 20 to pick 11 after a large deal made with the New York Giants. Justin Fields was one of the five quarterbacks that people had pegged as the elite first-round talents this year. You can even argue that he was the second-best and the Bears were able to land him. It was an incredible night for Chicago.

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The Chicago Bears made a very nice first-round selection in the 2021 NFL Draft.

The Chicago Bears might have their quarterback. They haven’t had an all-time great one in the history of their historic franchise. A century has gone by and nobody sticks out as the clear number one guy. It has been sad but the hope is that Fields will change everything.

Ryan Pace messed up royally in 2017 when he traded up to select Mitchell Trubisky with the second overall pick. His job is on the line with this current pick but it has the feeling of a move that will work out for everyone involved. He was brilliant in his time with the Ohio State Buckeyes. He had good showings against good teams in high leverage moments and could simply be described as a winner.

The Bears signed Andy Dalton over the offseason which was not a popular signing at all. We don’t know who will be the week one starter but Fields will be the guy eventually. It is hard to predict how this will impact their 2021 season but it was a great draft all around.

First-Round Grade: A