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Bears GM Ryan Pace can't ignore quarterbacks in 2020 NFL Draft

Bears GM Ryan Pace can't ignore quarterbacks in 2020 NFL Draft

There are still more than two months before the 2020 NFL draft officially gets underway, but it's hard imagining any scenario where the Bears can remove themselves from the list of teams likely to target a quarterback from this year's class.

Sure, GM Ryan Pace could make a splash signing in free agency and pay a veteran starter top dollar to challenge and potentially unseat Mitch Trubisky. But even if he takes that approach, it's smart roster construction to add a young arm to the depth chart even if it's a developmental Day-3 pick.

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According to a recent breakdown of one mistake every team must avoid in the 2020 draft, ignoring quarterback tops the list for the Bears.

Publicly, Chicago is supporting Trubisky. However, the 2017 second overall selection is arguably the weakest link on the team—he has a career passer rating of just 85.8—and could keep the Bears out of contention in 2020.

If Chicago believes a second-round prospect such as Georgia's Jake Fromm can upgrade the position, it has to make the pick. Sticking by Trubisky would be a big mistake.

Fromm has his detractors in draft media, but he profiles as a perfect fit for what the Bears could be looking for from this year's draft class. He's experienced, accurate and has a high football IQ, all things Trubisky continues to lack entering Year 4 as Chicago's starter.

The Bears' options aren't limited to Fromm, however. There are Day-3 prospects like Washington State's Anthony Gordon who will benefit from the success enjoyed by Jaguars rookie phenom, Gardner Minshew, in 2019.

Minshew, who also played under Mike Leach, went from being a sixth-round pick to the potential cornerstone of Jacksonville's offense. He's Exhibit A for why teams should always take a swing on a quarterback, even if it takes several drafts before getting it right.

Even if Pace manages to land a player like Marcus Mariota, Andy Dalton or a more established star like Tom Brady, the strategy should be very clear and obvious: draft a rookie to round out the position and increase the odds of success under center in 2020.

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    Bears meet with FIU quarterback at East-West Shrine Bowl

    Bears meet with FIU quarterback at East-West Shrine Bowl

    The Bears' quest to flip their quarterback room from a group of underwhelming veterans with little upside behind Mitch Trubisky is already off and running.

    According to the Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson, the Bears met with FIU quarterback James Morgan at the 2020 East-West Shrine Bowl, the second-largest All-Star game of the NFL draft circuit.

    Morgan (6-foot-4, 223) completed 58 percent of his passes last season for 2,560 yards, 14 touchdowns and five interceptions. He isn't considered a draftable player at this point in the process, but a strong showing in front of scouts at the Shrine Bowl could change that. 

    Morgan had a more productive 2018 campaign when he threw 26 touchdowns to just seven interceptions while completing more than 65 percent of his passes. 

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    Bears fans are expecting a bigger move at quarterback than Morgan, but if Chicago adds a veteran in free agency, they're more likely to wait until Day 3 to draft a developmental prospect, if any at all. It's possible Trubisky will be backed up (at least initially) by a player like Andy Dalton to begin the year, while a youngster like Morgan sharpens his skill set on the practice squad.

    Next week's Senior Bowl will help put some of the pieces of this puzzle together. Quarterbacks Jalen Hurts (Oklahoma) and Jordan Love (Utah State) are both considered late first-round prospects who could easily slide into Round 2. If the Bears spend time with them in Mobile, it could be a strong clue about their second-round plans.

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    2020 NFL Free Agency: Which QBs are available for Bears?

    2020 NFL Free Agency: Which QBs are available for Bears?

    The Bears and general manager Ryan Pace have one primary objective this offseason: Make sure this team is protected against another letdown at quarterback in 2020.

    The Tennessee Titans provided the perfect blueprint for successfully completing this mission. Their 2019 offseason trade for Ryan Tannehill turned into a season-defining transaction. Tannehill, the former first-round pick of the Miami Dolphins, jumpstarted his career this year and was the main reason why the Titans put together (and are still enjoying) a playoff run.

    Fortunately for the Bears, there will be several veteran options in free agency that Pace can sign and immediately name the starter, or who can be added as competition for Mitch Trubisky.

    Pace and Matt Nagy told reporters at their end-of-year press conference that Trubisky will remain the Bears' starting quarterback in 2020. And while that proclamation was expected from the two men charged with bringing a Super Bowl to Chicago, it doesn't mean it will remain that way once free agency kicks off.

    Here are the top 2020 free-agent quarterbacks that the Bears could have an opportunity to sign this March.

    2020 NFL Free Agency: Which QBs are available for Bears?

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