The Chicago Bears finally have a first-round pick — the team’s first in three years — heading into the 2021 NFL draft, where general manager Ryan Pace will be tasked with addressing some important positional needs on this roster.
Of course, the fact that Pace has hit on just one of his four first-round picks — Roquan Smith — isn’t exactly reassuring. But, assuming the Bears stay put at No. 20, Pace will have some top prospects to choose from at different areas of need, including cornerback, offensive tackle and wide receiver.
Then there’s always the possibility of Pace looking to trade up in the draft, something he’s been known to do in the past. And if someone like Justin Fields or Trey Lance does fall to a spot where Pace feels comfortable trading up, he could get another shot at a franchise quarterback after the failed Mitchell Trubisky experiment.
Let’s take a look at how the Bears’ needs stack up heading into the NFL draft.