The Chicago Bears made an expected move last week by releasing longtime starting quarterback Jay Cutler.
Mike Glennon was signed later that day and introduced the following afternoon in front of the Chicago media at Halas Hall.
Along with Glennon, Connor Shaw is also on the roster currently. Cutler, Brian Hoyer, Matt Barkley and David Fales are gone and will quickly become afterthoughts most likely.
Will Glennon come and succeed? That’s something we may not know until the preseason rolls around, but regardless the Bears need to take a shot at finding a young quarterback to develop.
Latest quarterbacks drafted by the Bears
David Fales (2013 – 6th round)
Nathan Enderle (2011 – 5th round)
Dan LeFevour (2010 – 6th round)
Kyle Orton (2005 – 4th round)
Craig Krenzel (2004 – 5th round)
Rex Grossman (2003 – 1st round)
Cade McNown (1999 – 1st round)
Moses Moreno (1998 – 7th round)
To put things in perspective, the Bears have drafted nine quarterbacks ever in the first round since the very first NFL Draft in 1936: Rex Grossman (2003), Cade McNown (1999), Harbaugh (1982), McMahon (1987), Bob Williams (1951), Bobby Layne (1948), Johnny Lujack (1946), Frankie Albert (1942) and Sid Luckman (1939).
In fact, Gary Huff (1973), Bobby Douglass (1969) and Zeke Bratkowski (1953) represent the only three quarterbacks taken by the Bears in the second round. Peter Tom Willis (1990) is the last Bears quarterback selected in round three.
This year’s group
With Mitch Trubisky, Deshaun Watson and DeShone Kizer all likely to be taken in the first round, don’t expect the Bears to take any of those guys with the No. 3 overall pick. A trade down could put them in play for one of them, but that might not take place.
The second or third round makes the most sense for the Bears to find a guy to develop. Texas Tech’s Pat Mahomes II is rising up draft boards. He could sneak into the first round or be there at the top of the second.
His former teammate at Texas Tech, Davis Webb shined at Cal a year ago and is someone who put on a show at the NFL Combine last month.
Miami’s Brad Kaaya, Pittsburgh’s Nate Peterman, Tennessee’s Josh Dobbs and Mississippi’s Chad Kelly are the next guys to consider later in the draft.
Going back to Mahomes and Webb. Mahomes is a guy who has a rocket arm much like Cutler has. He is the son of a longtime MLB pitcher. He is the type of player that wows you with his strong arm but is someone who needs to clean up his form a bit.
A lot of teams like him and my hunch says the Bears won’t get a chance to take him unless they decide to trade back into the first round to take him.
Webb is the guy that makes a ton of sense for the Bears’ offense. A 6’5″ captain at both Texas Tech and Cal, he went off as a senior in Northern California with 4,295 passing yards, 37 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Considering, Webb had 5,257 passing yards, 44 touchdowns and 22 touchdowns in his first two seasons under center at Texas Tech, you can tell he found his groove.
A torn labrum and an ankle injury gave way to Mahomes two years ago and then Webb asked for a transfer elsewhere so he could start. He has a high football IQ, studies the game often dissecting playbooks, breaking down his own film and watching the top guys in both the NFL and college.
If I’m the Bears and Webb is sitting there in the second round, I pull the trigger.
At the very least, he gives you someone to develop as you wait for next year’s loaded quarterback draft class.
The Bears can rid themselves of the Glennon project next off-season if he fails under center in 2017. Webb would be a fallback option and someone who I can see maturing rather quickly.
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