The Bears have frosted quarterback Andy Dalton as their starting quarterback into the 2021 season. In a press conference last week, general manager Ryan Pace called Dalton “one of the more complete quarterbacks we evaluated in the free agency market this year.”
But Chicago may not be finished in the quarterback game, because the draft will be presented at the end of this month. Pace and head coach Matt Nagy have been evaluating upcoming passers, and Dalton’s arrival will obviously not prevent Chicago from bringing potential long-term solutions.
“It’s more difficult [to evaluate these quarterbacks] Because you just don’t have the luxury of staying on the combine harvester, seeing these guys throwing, seeing the ball coming out of their palms and footsteps,” Nagy said through ESPN’s Jeff Dickerson later last week. “You’ll see from Everyone from the top to the bottom. Now, you just don’t have the luxury of doing that.
“As we all know, for these quarterbacks, we have been participating in professional games for a few days, which will definitely help, but you can do a lot and see a lot. To be fair, all other teams are doing the same thing. Ryan [Pace] I am very happy to go through the evaluation process together and how we did it. This is a challenge, but we look forward to it. There are many good quarterbacks in this draft class. “
The Bears rank 20th overall, so unless they make a trade, they may not be able to compete for one of the top prospects. However, if someone falls, Chicago will at least do the necessary due diligence to feel comfortable when opportunities arise.