Bears Trade up: Day one of the NFL draft is in the books and Chicago Bears fans have a lot to be excited about. One thing the Bears knew coming into the 2021 NFL draft was that their top priority was to land one of the top 5 quarterbacks available.
Four years after trading up to land Mitchell Trubisky, a project that never really panned out, GM Ryan Pace and head coach Matt Nagy were able to pull off another stunning move on Thursday night.
The Bears moved up nine spots in the draft in a trade with the New York Giants to take Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields at No. 11 overall.
Pace had to pay a price giving up the team’s first round pick at (No. 20) with a fifth round in this year’s draft along with next year’s first round pick and a fourth rounder.
Fields has a lot to prove given what the Bears gave up to acquire him. Most thought he would be the second quarterback taken in this draft but he ended outside out of the top 10.
He was a star at Ohio State carrying the team to a national championship this past year. Standing at 6’3 with a lively arm that is accurate and great speed for his position at 4.4 there isn’t anything the kid can’t do physically.
Some of the question marks surrounding him are his ability to read defenses quickly and that he is a former Buckeye.
Ohio State has a long track record of not producing the best pros at the quarterback position, but none of the guys before him are even close to his level of talent. Fields also battles epilepsy, but doctors believe it’s something he will eventually grow out of and it shouldn’t affect his ability to play.
Reasons for Bears fans to be excited
For starters, this kid is the most talented quarterback the franchise has ever picked. Many will laugh at that statement, but it’s not a joke. He has more tools than Trubuisky, Rex Grossman who played in a superbowl, and Jim McMahon who won a superbowl but both of the teams were led by exceptional defenses.
The Bears get to take their time with Fields development after signing veteran QB Andy Dalton to a one year 10 million in free agency. Dalton can run the offense for the time being while Fields learns from the sideline.
It’s hard to know if a kid is ever going to be a star at the professional level and especially at the quarterback position but none know better than the Bears.
They just need to make sure they take their time with him and allow him to develop properly. Many who have watched him and worked with him believe he is going to be a star in the future, but time and proper handling will tell.
Fields has an all-pro skill set and after feeling a bit overlooked by the league it only works in the Bears favor. Watching him develop over the months to come is going to provide plenty of excitement and what is better than a talented and pissed off kid that fell out of the top 10? All the focus should be put on giving him help the rest of the way and providing him with protection in the draft.
As of now, there is much to be excited about from a fan’s perspective.
The Bears will make two picks on Friday night when the draft resumes, selecting in Round 2 at (No. 52) and Round 3 (No. 83).
Anthony Miller continues to be a trade name for the organization so it’s something to watch as night two gets underway.