NFL Draft 2020: Why Bears should not use a second round pick on a quarterback

JJ Stankevitz
NBC Sports Chicago

Jalen Hurts, Jacob Eason and Jake Fromm are all still available after Thursday night's first round of the NFL Draft. 

The Bears shouldn't take any of them in the second round on Friday. 

Drafting a quarterback would almost certainly mean one of the Bears' two most valuable remaining assets - picks 43 and 50 - wouldn't contribute in 2020. At all. 

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I just think there's too much at stake this year to draft someone who won't contribute. The Bears have a good collection of special talent (Khalil Mack, Akiem Hicks, Eddie Jackson, Eddie Goldman, Kyle Fuller and Allen Robinson top that list), but still have some holes on the roster. In the immediate term, there's no need for a third-string quarterback, like there is for a starting safety or cornerback or guard. 

You can dream all you want about the Bears trading Mitch Trubisky and clearing a spot on the depth chart for Hurts/Eason/Fromm all you want, but what team is offering fair compensation for Trubisky right now? Trubisky is going to be on the Bears in 2020, either as the starter or the backup. 

I highly doubt any quarterback the Bears draft would pass either Trubisky or Foles on the 2020 depth chart. Trubisky knows the offense and could operate it if he has to come off the bench. A rookie probably couldn't. And there's an immediate problem with that learning curve because we don't know when the Bears will be able to hold their next in-person practice. 

There's no rookie minicamp or OTAs to go through Nagy Scheme 101 and build a foundation before training camp. And training camp could be shortened, too. If camp only lasts a couple weeks instead of a month and a half, wouldn't the Bears want a quarterback who knows the offense - in this case, Tyler Bray - running with the third-stringers so Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy can get the best evaluation of those guys?

The point being: If the Bears draft a quarterback, there's a good chance he won't get much meaningful practice time as a rookie. Maybe a little with the scout team in the season. But there's a chance it could hinder that guy's development not just this year, but into the 2020s.

So this is not only about the upcoming season. 

But a lot of it is. If the Bears had a normal draft set up - with first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh-round picks - in a normal year, I could understand drafting a quarterback in Round 2, since they'd be able to fill holes with a few of those other picks. But this is not a normal draft setup, with two second-round picks and then none again until the fifth round (trading down, by the way, would make drafting a QB more palatable). 

And again, we don't know when the next time Nagy and the Bears' coaching staff will get to conduct an actual practice. So combine a roster that's close to winning and an unprecedented, uncertain offseason and it leads me to believe the Bears have to get guys who can help right now. 

So that means drafting a guy like Grant Delpit from LSU to plug in at safety, or drawing from a good crop of receivers still on the board after the first round. Adding an edge rusher to rotate with Robert Quinn and Mack would make a lot of sense, too, as would grabbing a cornerback or a guard. Those are the safe options. 

It won't get the Bears their quarterback of the future, unless they luck into a guy in the sixth or seventh round. But it will give them a better chance of making the playoffs in 2020.

The caveat here is this: If Nagy is banging the table for a quarterback, take him. It's the scenario Ryan Pace described earlier this week:

"We're always going to take the best player available," Pace said. "If a quarterback was there and he was the highest guy on our board in a strong way, we would consider that."

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If the Bears draft a quarterback, they better be sure about him. And I trust Nagy to identify the guy he thinks could be a franchise quarterback operating his offense, if that guy exists on Day 2 of this year's draft. 

Smart teams, yes, address their future at quarterback before they have to. It's why the Packers picked Jordan Love on Thursday night, and 15 years ago picked Aaron Rodgers while Brett Favre was still their starter. But not every team has the luxury of operating like the Packers

The Bears already took their swing at getting a quarterback of the future three years ago. So far, they've missed, all while building a pretty good roster around Trubisky. That setup does not lend itself to making a bold move at quarterback with a dearth of draft capital. 

Is it ideal? Of course not. But this is the spot the Bears are stuck in. Their best bet is to try to win in 2020 and think about a long-term fix at quarterback in 2021. 

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