2021 NFL Draft position rankings, Bears’ mock draft roundup

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2021 NFL Draft position rankings, Bears’ mock draft roundup originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

The 2021 NFL Draft is almost here.

Much has been written about what could be a historic run at quarterback with the first five picks in the NFL Draft order, but there remains plenty of uncertainty surrounding the fates of Trevor Lawrence, Zach Wilson, Justin Fields, Trey Lance and Mac Jones. 

Will Lawrence (Jags) and Wilson (Jets) turn around their respective franchises? Will it be Jones or Fields paired with Kyle Shanahan in San Francisco?  

Of course, it’s not all about signal callers. Each team enters NFL Draft week with its own set of needs, including the Chicago Bears.

We have all of your NFL Draft needs covered -- from this year’s No. 8-ranked quarterback (Jamie Newman) to the top-rated defensive tackle (Christian Barmore) -- for when your team is on the clock and you need to know more about the best players available on the board.

Who are the best players available in the 2021 NFL Draft?

Here’s a breakdown of the top 10 players at the following offensive positions:

QUARTERBACK | RUNNING BACK | WIDE RECEIVER | TIGHT END

Here’s a breakdown of the top 10 guys at each defensive position:

CORNERBACK | LINEBACKER | DEFENSIVE LINE

Who are the Bears projected to take in the latest NFL Mock Draft?

With Andy Dalton and Nick Foles clogging up the depth chart and the team’s salary cap, the Chicago Bears are looking toward Day 2 to take their quarterback of the future.

Unfortunately, Day 2 isn’t the ideal time to be QB shopping. With the top five quarterbacks on the board -- Trevor Lawrence, Zach Wilson, Mac Jones, Justin Fields and Trey Lance -- all expected to be drafted in the first round, it doesn’t exactly leave the Bears with sure-fire options. And the last thing the Bears’ quarterback room needs is more uncertainty.

It seems as if they’ll take the best option that falls to them among Texas A&M’s Kellen Mond, Stanford’s Davis Mills and Florida’s Kyle Trask. In Adam Hoge’s Bears mock draft, he has the Bears taking cornerback Greg Newsome in the first round and Mills in the second. Hoge describes Mills as “Mac Jones without the polish” but believes he is still worth a shot in the second round because he “has the tools to develop into a good starter.” Mills, with Bears quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo watching closely, showed impressive accuracy and ball placement at his recent pro day.

Mond, however, said last month he had interactions with the Bears and sees a “connection,” while Trask was picked by the Bears in Todd McShay’s recent mock draft, one pick after the Washington Football Team selected Mond. Stay tuned.