There is some debate in NFL circles about what the Chicago Bears should do with the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft.
To Bears General Manager Ryan PolesIt doesn’t seem to be that complicated.
The Poles told reporters Tuesday they would have to be «absolutely astounded» to draft a quarterback with the No. 2023 NFL Draft.
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«We’re going to do the same thing we’ve always done,» Poles said Tuesday at his season-ending news conference, according to the Bears’ website. «We’re going to evaluate the draft class, and I’d say this: You’d have to be absolutely blown away to make that kind of decision.»
After starting the year 2-1, Chicago finished the season 3-14, losing its last 10 games.
Quarterback Justin Fields he showed glimpses that he may be the answer as the Bears’ quarterback, throwing for 2,242 yards, 17 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in 15 games.
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He had 1,143 rushing yards with eight touchdowns.
But the draft class of 2023 stands out for Bryce Young from Alabama and Ohio State’s CJ Stroud, leading some to float the idea of Chicago trading Fields and drafting a QB at No. 1.
«I would trade Justin Fields and I’m not taking anything away from him,» former NFL general manager Mike Tannenbaum said Tuesday on ESPN’s «Get Up.»
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«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 is going to be a better quarterback than Justin Fields, and when I do that, and get at least a first-round pick and a 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.»
Chicago is certainly in an enviable position if it decides not to draft a quarterback, as teams may be willing to trade to draft a potential franchise quarterback.
Poles praised Fields’ season on Tuesday, saying that sophomore professional You have areas where you can improve.
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«I think Justin did a good job,» Poles said. «I thought we changed a lot, we adapted, we tried to put him in a position to be successful. He showed the ability to be a playmaker, to be impactful. He can change games quickly.»
«Does he have room to grow? He does. He’s got to get better as a passer, and I’m excited to see him take those steps as we go along.»