The buzz throughout the Bears’ offseason has centered around their willingness to take a big swing to fix the quarterback position (trade, free agency, the draft … whatever). To this point, they’ve come up empty. But prior whiffs don’t seem to be preventing them from loading up for another major cut.
Jonathan Jones (CBS Sports) hears the Bears “badly” want to move out from the 20th pick in tonight’s draft to climb up the board and take a quarterback. Jones doesn’t offer up too many specifics. HOWEVER, he hints at a deal that could sacrifice significant draft capital in future years. Obviously, if a team in Chicago’s situation is willing to risk it all, it has to be for a quarterback. Right? And it has to be for a player with tremendous upside. Someone who could be a face of the franchise, even upon arrival.
Justin Fields, anyone? For what it’s worth, Jones surmises that if Fields makes it past the fifth pick, the Bears or Patriots could be teams who make a run at sliding up to take the Ohio State quarterback. In any case, Jones has the Bears taking a quarterback somewhere in the first two rounds. The options being trading up for Fields at the top of the draft or snagging Texas A&M’s Kellen Mond later.
This isn’t new to those of us who have been obsessively stalking Bears draft rumors since the season came to an end. But this is the latest (and to this point, loudest) rumor sharing Chicago’s desperation to trade up to draft a quarterback. However, I don’t think it will be the last.