Chicago Bears: Five most critical needs heading into 2021 NFL Draft

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After a weird season that saw the Chicago Bears somehow stumble into the playoffs with an 8-8 record, the team will be looking to find a new identity at the quarterback position in 2021. Their attempt to bring in veteran competition for Trubisky with the acquisition of Nick Foles was a disaster, as both players failed to show much of anything last season. Because of that, Chicago’s biggest need going into the offseason is undoubtedly at quarterback.

The Bears have been a popular potential trade destination for a lot of veteran names out there, and while the team did show a little interest in Carson Wentz, they ultimately never made an offer and the former Eagle was eventually dealt to the Indianapolis Colts.

It’s possible the team could still target someone like Sam Darnold, but I’m not sure he’s that much more of an upgrade from Foles or Trubisky. Pair that with the team’s tight cap situation and that type of move just doesn’t make much sense.

That shifts the focus to the 2021 NFL Draft, where as many as five QBs could go in the first round. The Bears don’t pick until 20th overall, but that could be a blessing in disguise for all we know. Remember, it wasn’t too long ago where a certain team passed up on Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson for another QB whose name escapes me at the moment.

In this post, let’s dive a little deeper into which quarterbacks the Chicago Bears could look to target in the 2021 NFL Draft, while also shining some light on the other positional needs they should address as well.