Chicago Bears: 3 heated position battles born from 2021 NFL Draft

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There is nothing like NFL Training Camp drama, and the Chicago Bears should have themselves plenty of it this year.

Changes keep coming for this team as general manager Ryan Pace attempts to re-form the roster in some areas and put his Bears on the best possible path to winning as soon as this year.

The 2021 NFL Draft provided plenty of big moments for the league, but none may have been bigger or more impactful than when Pace moved up and snagged former Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields. Pace made his statement right then and there: the Bears weren’t messing around.

From there, the Bears continued to make impactful pick after impactful pick. By the time the draft wrapped up, this team was in a much better position than they were prior to. It was almost an act of magic. Pace had transformed the roster in a matter of days.

Thanks to an excellent draft haul, the Chicago Bears should see some fascinating training camp battles this year.

One battle we were looking forward to has already been won, with Teven Jenkins no longer having to worry about the veteran Charles Leno. Chicago released Leno the other day and now, it’s all about that second-round pick, Jenkins.

Although Fields and Jenkins were the team’s top two picks, the Bears made some enormous value picks throughout the rest of the draft and some of them will compete for starting jobs right away. It’s not just all about Fields and Jenkins, although it’s hard to stop talking about them.

Later in the draft as well, the Bears found players who will help fill voids that needed to be shored up. Throughout draft weekend, Pace certainly did his best to create competition in every round. Head coach Matt Nagy will have his work cut out for him with those training camp battles as well as handling the media’s questions in regards to said battles.

In particular, there are three battles that were born from this year’s NFL Draft. Let’s look into them a bit.