NFL Draft 2021: Bears, Mac Jones reportedly had 'great meeting'

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Report: Bears, Alabama QB Mac Jones had 'great meeting' originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

With the NFL Draft exactly one month away, we are in the heart of meet-and-greet season between teams and prospects. It’s hard to determine a team’s true intentions by simply going off its schedule of sit-downs, but these meetings can tip the scale for a GM, as we know from the dinner between Ryan Pace and Mitchell Trubisky back in 2017. So it’s worth noting that Dan Wiederer has reported that the Bears met with Alabama quarterback Mac Jones.

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Even if the Bears fall in love with Jones, he might not be available deep enough into the draft for Pace to select him. There’s serious speculation that the San Francisco 49ers have singled out Jones as their QB of the future after a trade with the Dolphins to move up from the 12th pick to No. 3 overall. Our friends at NBC Sports Bay Area and Sunday Night Football noted that Jones is a prototypical Kyle Shanahan quarterback, so San Francisco could pick him to succeed Jimmy Garoppolo.

If the Niners pass on Jones and he falls towards the latter half of the draft, don’t rule out the Bears making a move to snag him. But if Jones — and the other top tier QBs — are all off the board before the Bears pick, don’t rule out another quarterback move either. Various mock drafts have them in on Texas A&M’s Kellen Mond, and the Bears attended Davis Mills’ Pro Day at Stanford, as well.

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