Having the title of offseason champions does not always amount to wins in the NFL. However, the Chicago Bears had such an impressive outing in the 2021 NFL draft that it just might apply this time.
Below are the three best moves by the Bears in the recently concluded draft.
Bears NFL Draft Chess Moves:
1. Trading up for Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State
For a prospect to pan out at the professional level, there are so many things to take into consideration, such as talent, physical tools, health, and attitude. Some of these are outside a team’s control. This is why there are times it is better to have multiple, lower picks than a single, high pick. This is the philosophy of teams like the New England Patriots.
Giving up draft capital for Fields looks like the exception. On some draft boards, Fields was considered the second-best in what is a loaded class at the position. He had quite a fall in the draft and so the Bears pulled the trigger to get their quarterback of the future at number 11 overall.
Fields displays great accuracy even when on the run. He is athletic and has a strong arm, although not at the same level as some of his peers. Fields has the speed to hurt teams with his legs and more importantly has the potential to make Chicago relevant again.
The team signed veteran Andy Dalton, so they can decide to let Fields get acclimated to the NFL game first before being thrown into the fire.
Wide receiver Allen Robinson will make life easier for Fields. Robinson produces terrific numbers even with suspect quarterback play, one can only imagine how good a Fields – Robinson tandem could be.