The quarterback remains the Bears’ biggest concern after a few weeks of flirting with the possibility of trading for Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. After offering three first-round picks, one third-round pick and two players, Seattle told Chicago they aren’t trading Wilson at this time.
Even after the Bears lose to the Wilson draw, they still manage to find their (potential) franchise quarterback without having to trade to progress through the draft into a new mock draft.
In Touchdown Wire’s new mock draft, Doug Farrar has Chicago drafting Alabama quarterback Mac Jones with the 20th overall pick.
If you’re wondering how Jones could possibly drop to 20th overall in a draft where there are desperate teams for the quarterback position, Farrar has you covered.
Why drop to 20? Because the modern NFL requires quarterbacks to display mobility and a second reaction ability, and Jones hasn’t shown much of that at all. But he’s a great pocket mover (the combination of responsibility and assets is why so many people laugh at him at the Patriots), and maybe he can become an average league mover on boots and scrambling drills. From day one, however, it is an improvement over what the bears carry over there to the position.
But the Bears aren’t counting on Jones dropping them to No. 20, and it doesn’t look like they’re going to trade to grab any of those top five quarterbacks.
That’s why they would’ve done a lot of homework on Day 2 of the quarterfinals, including Kyle Trask from Florida, Kellen Mond from Texas A&M, Jamie Newman from Georgia, and Ian Book from Notre Dame.
Then again, the belief is that Jones – or the other four top quarterback prospects – will be long gone before Chicago’s turn comes in at No. 20. But if Jones were to fall to the Bears in the first round, it would be hard to imagine. GM Ryan Pace by the way.