Now that the Bears have been eliminated from the playoffs, their 2021 draft slot has been set at No. 20. Their draft position was set at 20 since they have the second-worst regular season record among all of the Wild Card game losers. The Bears’ 8-8 record was better only than the 7-9 Football Team.
However, if Ryan Pace is still the GM by the time the draft rolls around, there’s no guarantee the Bears will stay at 20. Pace has moved up in the first round twice during his tenure as Bears GM, once in 2016 to snag Leonard Floyd, and again in 2017 to select Mitchell Trubisky.
In fact, the Bears will likely have to trade up in the first round if they want to land one of the splashier QBs available. Many mock drafts have Trevor Lawrence, Justin Fields, Zack Wilson and Trey Lance all gone by the time No. 20 rolls around.
However, with many holes to fill on the roster there’s a chance the Bears opt to draft another cornerstone player with their first-round selection, like an offensive lineman.
The 2021 draft is set to kick off on Apr. 29.