The Chicago Bears are on the clock with the first overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. Normally, teams that had the worst record in the previous regular season have quarterback problems, but that doesn’t seem to be the case for the team that only won three of the 17 games they played in 2022.
It is worth remembering that the Bears have Justin Fields, who was the 11th overall pick in the first round of the 2021 draft from Ohio State. Despite his personal record of 3-12, his statistics are extremely positive: 192 completions out of 318 attempts (60.4% completion rate) for 2,242 yards with 17 touchdown passes and 11 interceptions.
The great contribution of Justin Fields in the 2023 Draft
While the above numbers are not fabulous, they are not bad either. However, what makes Fields special is his contribution to the team’s ground attack in the “Windy City.” In that aspect in 2022, he made 160 carries for 1,143 yards with eight touchdowns, coming very close to the all-time record for a QB held by Lamar Jackson of the Baltimore Ravens (1,206 yards in 2019).
According to most experts, the top prospect for the current 2023 NFL Draft is Alabama quarterback Bryce Young, but if Chicago doesn’t need a player in that position, they could lean towards two options: the first is to choose the best player in another position, and the second is to try to trade their pick.
What will the Chicago Bears do with the first pick in the NFL Draft?
According to information from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Bears are “leaning toward” trading that first overall pick and have already received some proposals from other teams that do need a quarterback and would be investing draft capital to choose the 2021 Heisman Trophy winner.
For now, Young announced on Monday that he will not throw at the NFL Scouting Combine that begins this week at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana.