The Chicago Bears are on the clock after receiving the first pick of the 2023 NFL Draft.
Entering week 18 of the NFL season, the Bears were looking at the Houston Texans in the draft order, with Chicago needs Houston beat the Indianapolis Colts for the rights to the first overall pick.
The Bears received a great gift when the Texans completed a Hail Mary pass with less than a minute left in the fourth quarter, he successfully completed a two-point attempt and beat the Colts to win his third game of the season.
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The shocking result gives Chicago the chance to pick first for the first time in 76 years.
It also presents a riddle.
The Bears drafted quarterback Justin Fields in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft, but as a draft class with potential stars at quarterback approaches, the Bears have a decision to make.
An ESPN insider believes the decision is to drop Fields.
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«I would like redeem Justin Fieldsand I won’t take anything away from him,» former NFL general manager Mike Tannenbaum said on ESPN’s «Get Up» Tuesday.
«I think he has a chance to be a good quarterback, maybe a top 10. But if you can get at least a first-round and third-round pick, which I think you can, because a lot of teams need a quarterback , I’m going to draft Bryce Young. Who I think will be a better quarterback than Justin Fields. And when I do that, and get at least a first- and third-round pick, I’m restarting Bryce Young’s rookie contract. and I’m going to be able to get at least four starting-caliber players.»
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Tannenbaum highlighted the Jacksonville Jaguarswho were able to add quality players thanks to Trevor Lawrence being on his rookie contract.
«If I can turn Justin Fields into basically six quality players and get Bryce Young, who I think is going to be the best player, I’ll make that move if I’m the Bears,» Tannenbaum continued.
The other option would be for the Bears to buy the No. 1 overall pick (raising draft capital) and move on with Fields.
The former Ohio State standout passed for 2,242 yards, 17 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in 15 games. Fields added 1,143 rushing yards with eight touchdowns.