Home Sports Chicago Bears Q&A: Is drafting a quarterback in the 1st round the target? And if not, would they need to trade up in Round 2 to get one?

Chicago Bears Q&A: Is drafting a quarterback in the 1st round the target? And if not, would they need to trade up in Round 2 to get one?

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I’ve never said that and I don’t believe that is necessarily true. Reality is the Bears have not had a first-round pick the last two years, so Pace has used only four first-round picks entering what will be the seventh draft he has run at Halas Hall. I imagine the Bears would have strongly considered Brandon Scherff in 2015, but he went two picks before they selected wide receiver Kevin White at No. 7. Two tackles went in the three picks ahead of the Bears in 2016, when they used the ninth selection on outside linebacker Leonard Floyd. He was drafted four spots ahead of Laremy Tunsil, who has been an excellent pro but had the wild video of him with a bong mask on released on draft night. Of course, the Bears used their top pick on quarterback Mitch Trubisky in 2017. You can’t knock them for not taking a lineman there. They just picked the wrong quarterback. In 2018, inside linebacker Roquan Smith was the eighth pick, one spot before the San Francisco 49ers drafted Mike McGlinchey. Later in the round, the Raiders got a pretty good tackle in Kolton Miller. What you have to keep in mind, too, is that when Pace came in, he had an ascending left tackle in Charles Leno whom the Bears had for cheap. Did the line regress in recent seasons? No question. Is it because Pace failed to invest first-round picks in it? I guess you can cite that as a reason, but it’s easy to criticize drafts using 20/20 hindsight and the failure there is dwarfed by the error the Bears made in choosing Trubisky.

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