Realistic Bears fans can breathe easy everywhere.
The bait is off the hook.
Ryan Pace has undoubtedly proven that he tends to blindly advance to quarterback on Round 1 by ditching a cache of draft picks. Mitchell Trubisky will haunt him forever.
The San Francisco 49ers and one later made by the Eagles with Miami deal has spun around the top of the first round, making it all but impossible for the Bears to position themselves for one of the top four quarterbacks – if it wasn’t already, at least not.
And it was.
The 49ers proved it. They gave up three picks in the first round, the first eight places better than the bears, and a third, and only moved up from 12th to 3rd place.
The bears would step up from eight spots behind and get one of those quarterbacks as the social media fanatics would lead them to believe?
Don’t care about me I’ll stop laughing next week.
The cost of climbing would be more than even Pace would ever want to give up. He’s just going to do what he should have been doing all along now. He should just use his picks or, better yet, act.
Pace shouldn’t sit and wait for Mac Jones to fall his way. It won’t happen anyway. He could do almost the same thing as Jones with Davis Mills in Round 2. He could put Christian Darrisaw in 20th place as tackle position is difficult to gauge and the tackles usually work on the first round unless you’re the bears. The bears usually pick one in Round 1 and he has a back problem.
Since the bears botched Kyle Fuller’s situation and let him go, they should move around for the first two days to get more picks to fill holes. You need to come up with four tips in the first two days to meet four real needs.
You have to act back.
GM Ryan Pace even discussed the possibility of trades on draft day in front of the free agency.
“It depends on what is presented to us. It can go different ways. That doesn’t necessarily mean – if we go into this draft, for example, there has to be a lot of evaluation going on.
“Acting may not be the best option. It could stay. It could go back. I think it just depends on the different goals that are out there, the different options that are out there.”
You need four things and you have no choice for the fourth round. They each have one on the first three rounds so they have to get one. The selection on the third day in these four demand positions becomes very thin.
The difference between Jones and Mills isn’t that big. You could go down on round 1, possibly even to the top of round 2, and come up with a good quarterback, but then have three more picks in the first two days.
The first two days there are plenty of cornerbacks and wide receivers who practically fall from trees. There are eight tackles in Fan Nation’s NFL Draft Bible that should take place in the first three rounds.
There might even be high-speed slot receivers later, like D’Wayne Eskridge of West Michigan.
The best thing that ever happened to the bears in this design is the wall the 49ers and John Lynch put up to keep Ryan Pace out, if he even thought of going there.
The bears have needs and it goes beyond just quarterback. It’s time to deal with everyone, not just the quarterback.
With all that aside, there’s another positive side to a deal where the bears stay in the pack again, holding onto their picks and looking jealously at the teams that take the top four quarterbacks.
With all of their tips, with plenty of trading options, and with Russell Wilson’s contract still not restructured, the possibility of a deal remains possible for the Bears to get the quarterback they really want.
It also holds open another door that we will talk about in the future, but not in this analysis.
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