Credit Ryan Pace for doing his due diligence in his first year at the helm as general manager of the Bears.
After meeting with 2014 Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota in Chicago two weeks ago, Pace and the Bears are set to meet with Mariota's Heisman predecessor.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston is expected to arrive in Chicago on Tuesday for a meeting with the Bears at Halas Hall on Wednesday.
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Winston is considered by most to be the top quarterback in the 2014 NFL Draft, and has been linked to the Buccaneers who hold the No. 1 overall pick.
So why would the Bears, who select at No. 7, use a pre-draft visit on a player not expected to be within their reach?
Despite committing to Jay Cutler as their starter for the 2015 season, the future in Chicago beyond next season looks murky at best for the much-maligned Bears quarterback. Behind Cutler on the depth chart is Jimmy Clausen and last year's sixth-round selection David Fales. Neither appear to be the long-term solution in Chicago. Pace has made it abundantly clear that he intends to find a long-term solution at quarterback, even if that means drafting one every year.
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“I think it’s a good idea to add a quarterback every year,” Pace said. “Sometimes that’s going to be in the upper rounds, sometimes that’s going to be in the later rounds or college free agency. I mean, I played with Tony Romo at Eastern Illinois, so I know what you can do with college free agency there.
“So I think it’s a critical position. Because of that you can take a swing every year at it. Increase your odds.”
In Winston's case, the Bears need to do their homework and be prepared for every possible draft scenario, granted the unlikeness of him falling to No. 7 or the Bears pulling of a draft night stunner à la Sonny Weaver Jr. with Lovie Smith and the Bucs.