1. Mac Jones
Jones is currently drawing interest from teams in the top-10, but it’s reasonable to think his stock will fall a little bit during the pre-draft process due to his lack of elite physical tools. It’s still likely that Chicago will need to move up the board if they want to nab him in Round 1.
The allure of Jones as a prospect is all based on his outstanding accuracy from the pocket. He doesn’t just complete passes. He places the ball just where his wideouts need it if they want to produce yards after the catch.
Playing in Alabama’s pro-style system also has him prepared to be an NFL starter right away. The Bears can comfortably select him with an expectation that he’ll be under center for them when Week 1 arrives. That’s an important fact for a coach who will be fighting to keep his job in 2021.
Jones is the No. 1 player on this list because he’s the easiest guy for the Bears to trade up to acquire. The price for the top-four quarterbacks is going to be prohibitive. Trading up for Jones would be costly, but it wouldn’t hamstring Chicago’s future. It’s easy to see how he can line up as Nagy’s starter when the 2021 regular season kicks off.