Editor's Note: This is part 1 of a 10-part series by Shaw Media Information (formerly Pro Football Weekly) that will run over the next two weeks with our updated NFL Draft Prospect Rankings by position, including brief comments on players who appear to be likely fits for the Chicago Bears.
Players without 40 times did not run at the Combine and NI Combine indicates not invited.
Part 1 – QUARTERBACKS
The 2020 QB crop is loaded at the top and Nos. 6 and 7 – Jake Fromm and Jalen Hurts — likely to go on Day 2 (Rounds 2-3).
We expect our top 13 prospects to be drafted, but Numbers 14 and below could land anywhere between Round 5 and as priority free agents.
With the addition of Nick Foles, the Bears should still prioritize a rookie developmental prospect with the potential to start in the league two or three years down the road.
Should the Bears use a second-round pick or trade down and use a third rounder under center, it would be a clear indication they are more concerned about Mitch Trubisky’s future than they’re saying, but it now seems unlikely the Bears would draft a QB before Day 3 (Rounds 4-7).
Day 1 Prospects
1. Joe Burrow, LSU, 6-3, 221
2. Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama, 6-0, 217
3. Jordan Love, Utah State, 6-4, 224 (4.74)
4. Justin Herbert, Oregon, 6-6, 236 (4.68)
5. Jacob Eason, Washington, 6-6, 231 (4.89)
Day 2 Prospects
6. Jake Fromm, Georgia, 6-2, 219 (5.01)
7. Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma, 6-1, 222 (4.59)
Day 3 Prospects
8. James Morgan, Florida Int., 6-4, 225 (4.89)
10. Jake Luton, Oregon St., 6-6, 224
11. Nate Stanley, Iowa, 6–4, 235 (4.81)
12. Anthony Gordon, Washington St., 6-2, 205
13. Steven Montez, Colorado, 6-4, 231 (4.68)
14. Tyler Huntley, Utah, 6-1, 205 (NI Combine)
15. Brian Lewerke, Michigan St. , 6-2, 213 (4.95)
16. Shea Patterson, Michigan, 6-1, 212 (4.71)
17. Bryce Perkins, Virginia, 6-3, 215 (NI Combine)
18. Khalil Tate, Arizona, 6-2, 215 (NI Combine)
19. Cole McDonald, Hawaii, 6-3, 215 (4.58)
20. Kelly Bryant, Missouri, 6-3, 229 (4.69)
* Jalen Hurts is a poor man’s Lamar Jackson, not quite the runner, but a better thrower who compiled a 38-4 record in college.
Hurts’ ability to hand off or pull the ball and either run or throw in an RPO scheme could be lethal if he becomes a better passer on intermediate and deep throws and learns how to read coverages better.
The longer he lasts in Round 2 or in to Round 3, it will become impossible for some team not to pull the trigger on a boom-or-bust pick.
* There is only one Brett Favre and one Patrick Mahomes, but style wise, James Morgan may have that kind of arm talent and toughness.
What he lacks is accuracy, touch and big-time coaching and development. Morgan is a perfect example of a player whom teams would have loved to bring in for a visit, but now they'll have to take a Day 3 leap in hopes of striking gold.
* Nate Stanley is a big man with an NFL arm who never figured out how to use it consistently at Iowa. He looks the part and has consistently flashed, but it’s unclear whether he has a feel for the game.
With the right tutor he could be worth the time, but it will take some time. Stanley has a Nick Foles feel to him.
* Coming out of high school, Shea Patterson seemed certain to end up playing on Sundays, but he never became that guy at Mississippi or Michigan.
Patterson isn’t the runner Hurts is, but he's a better passer who can light it up when he’s in rhythm, but he really struggles with the deep ball and doesn’t always see the whole field.
He’s built for an RPO-based scheme and his style is similar to Trubisky’s. He’s not the next Brady, Patterson is worth a gamble/investment as a seventh-rounder or priority free agent.