As high-profile quarterbacks go through their first and second Pro Days, sometimes more is made of who was on the sidelines than what happened on the field. In the case of Trey Lance’s second Pro Day, people are taking note of who *won’t* be there. According to Albert Breer, the Bears will be one of the teams who checked the “sadly declines” box on their RSVPs.
So what do we make of this? Honestly, it’s tough to glean any real information. Matt Nagy and Ryan Pace both attended Lance’s Pro Day last month, so it’s possible they’ve already seen enough. Maybe after Lance’s last Pro Day, the Bears decided he wasn’t their guy and didn’t feel the need to attend this time around. Or maybe they fell in love with the North Dakota State quarterback and are using their absence as a smokescreen. We really don’t know.
What we do know is that it’s unlikely the Bears will be able to draft Lance if they stay at No. 20. Anything is possible, as big name prospects unexpectedly drop every season. But with such scrutiny on the QB position in recent years, conventional thinking says Pace will have to trade up to land a first-round quarterback.
We also know that quarterbacks will be going 1-2-3 to start the draft for the first time since 1999. That year, Tim Couch, Donovan McNabb and Akili Smith kicked things off. This year, Trevor Lawrence and Zach Wilson are locked into the first two picks, though there are conflicting reports as to who the 49ers like at No. 3.
Then, there’s the question of whether the Falcons draft a quarterback at No. 4, choose a different impact player like Kyle Pitts or trade the pick to another QB-needy team. If that first or third option comes to pass, not only will it take one more option off the board for the Bears, it will also be the first time in NFL history that quarterbacks are selected with the first four picks of the draft. If those options don't occur, there are still two teams in front of the Bears that could be in the market for a rookie quarterback: the Broncos and the Patriots.
The NFL draft begins April 29.