By Bryan Dietzler
The Bears really seem to like a few of the quarterbacks in the 2017 NFL Draft. This has been proven by their heavy attendance at the pro days of several college quarterbacks. The latest news is that the Bears had a private workout with Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes just a few days ago. Following a heavy attendance at Clemson quarterback DeShaun Watson’s pro day as well as Notre Dame’s pro day, for DeShone Kizer, it’s clear to see that the Bears could easily be targeting a quarterback in this year’s draft.
In the past I have talked about the Bears ability to develop a quarterback, their history at the position and what it would mean to draft a quarterback. We know that the Bears have had a rocky history with quarterbacks. From the start of the franchise on through recent times (anyone remember Jay Cutler?) the Bears have really struggled.
Could their struggles end if they drafted a guy like Mahomes?
It’s been said, by general manager Ryan Pace, that the Bears aren’t going draft a quarterback high (with the third pick in the draft) or maybe not even at all. Knowing that they might not take someone in the first round could signal that they might be targeting Mahomes. He appears to be a second round talent (early to middle second round). With Kizer, Watson and even Mitch Trubisky all possible first round picks, the Bears could either be picking in round two or trading back into the later part of the first round to grab their guy, Mahomes. That’s if he is their guy.
So is Mahomes the player that the Bears should take in the draft? Will he be able to save the franchise from “quarterback hell”?
Let’s take a look at some of his upside.
When scouting Mahomes, you will notice that he is a big bodied quarterback who can stand tall in the pocket and get the ball out efficiently. He has accurate throws, can get the ball into tight spaces and can use his legs to get extra yardage if the play breaks down. Mahomes sees the field well and can take a hit, pop right back up and keep going.
Inconsistency in his play is one of his weaknesses and he will take chances. Mahomes likes to try to go after the “big gainer” and can lose focus when he does that. That’s where he makes mistakes. Some fine tuning on his mechanics would help him out a lot. His accuracy could be tweaked as well as he will, at times, overthrows his receivers.
When it comes to value, Mahomes may be there at the right “price” so to speak. Right now, experts have him going all the way from north of number 15 in the first round into the middle of the second round. No one can seem to agree on where exactly he will go. The main issue is, will he be somewhere where the Bears can get him and get him at a fair market “price”.
This writer thinks that Mahomes could end up in Chicago with their second round pick. It’s nearly safe to say that Kizer, Watson and Trubisky will go before Mahomes. It depends on how things shake out in the first round.
But this begs the question, is he worth even a second round pick? And is he good enough to develop into a franchise quarterback? Is there someone else the Bears should be looking at in the second round?
Then there is the question that is being asked all the time. Should the Bears even chose a quarterback in the 2017 NFL Draft? General Manager Ryan Pace has led some to believe that the Bears may not draft a quarterback. Could he be trying to throw other teams off or is he really not interested in drafting a quarterback?
Mahomes could be the perfect candidate for the Bears. They don’t need to have him start right away so he could develop behind the scenes and step in later on down the road.
Could Mahomes be the most capable of the three quarterbacks that we have covered? Maybe. He doesn’t have the experience that Kizer and Watson have but his raw talent may just be better than the other two.
Soon we can put this all together. Later, we will examine which of the three quarterbacks covered recently would be the better fit for the Bears. We will look at how they would fit in terms of future performance as well as the price the Bears would have to pay to get one of them.
Now that we have looked at these three quarterbacks, which one is your favorite? Is there one that hasn’t’ been covered that you think might be a better fit for the Bears?