The Chicago Bears have an obvious need at quarterback and will spare no expense in an attempt to find the right fit.
Whether (or where) Chicago finds that perfect fit, however, remains to be seen. But among the stones that figure to be turned over in the process is any number of draft-eligible quarterbacks. Near the top of the list will be Mac Jones, who was a busy beaver at the Senior Bowl:
Mac Jones on @gmfb just said he met with all 32 teams while he was in Mobile, Ala., for the 2021 Reese's Senior Bowl.
The #Bears are obviously looking for a quarterback for next season and Jones could be an option for Chicago.
— Nicholas Moreano (@NicholasMoreano) February 2, 2021
Considering the Bears’ needs, a chat with Jones during Senior Bowl week makes sense. And if you think about how much potential turnover looms on the horizon, it’s unsurprising that every other team in the league met with him, as well. This should be the norm in a QB-starved league. In other words, even if the Bears didn’t reek of desperation, you’d want them checking in on Jones.
Jones, 22, won the Davey O’Brien, Johnny Unitas Golden Arm, and Manning awards in a season in which he was a Consensus All-American, first-team All-SEC, and won a national title for the Crimson Tide. Other than that, it was just a ho-hum 4,500-yard, 41-touchdown season for the Alabama quarterback.
Even though Jones didn’t play in the game, he was one of the Senior Bowl standouts for his practice efforts. There’s a belief that good practice habits tend to yield positive game traits. But even if that wasn’t the case, Jones’ 2020 résumé is enticing enough to want to kick the tires and get a better feel for the prospect.
I threw down some additional nuggets, tidbits, and observations from college football’s premier prospect showcase game here. Because Jones wasn’t the only one making a name for himself over the weekend.