Prospect Profile: QB Jalen Hurts

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(670 The Score) The Bears have an open competition at quarterback looming in 2020, but a key question remains in the long term.

Who's their quarterback of the future? 

If Bears general manager Ryan Pace is looking past the upcoming competition between Nick Foles and Mitchell Trubisky, he may be inclined to take another swing at drafting a quarterback. If he does, Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts could represent a fascinating possibility for the Bears in the second round.

Hurts has the kind of upside and talent that's tantalizing to NFL teams.

"I don’t put a ceiling on my ability in terms of how great I can be," Hurts said at the NFL Combine in February.

Hurts transferred from Alabama to Oklahoma for the 2019 season and continued on the Sooners' recent tradition of great quarterback play. He followed the success of Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray by leading Oklahoma to the Big 12 championship and earning recognition as a Heisman Trophy finalist.

Hurts' style of play grew even more appealing on the NFL level after the MVP season of Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson, who thrived in an offensive system built around his dual-threat abilities. That's also how Hurts flourished in college.

Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley unlocked Hurts' running ability, as he rushed 233 times for 1,298 yards and 20 touchdowns in addition to completing 69.7 percent of his passes for 3,851 yards, 32 touchdowns and eight interceptions in 2019.

"I don’t think there’s a ceiling on my game," Hurts said.

When Pace was hired as the Bears' general manager in January 2015, he expressed a desire to draft quarterbacks regularly and seek the potential reward of developing them well. He has selected only one quarterback in five drafts with the Bears: Trubisky, the No. 2 overall pick in 2017.

Trubisky, 25, is entering a contract season in 2019 without assurances to a future in Chicago beyond this year. Foles, 31, was brought in to battle with Trubisky in what Pace has termed an "open competition."

Pace tends to draft with the long term in mind -- not the present -- and he has referenced the importance of having a quarterback developing for the future. The Bears could bring in Hurts to either compete for the starting job this season or give him a year to learn under the structure of coach Matt Nagy, offensive coordinator Bill Lazor, quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo and passing game coordinator Dave Ragone.

"I plan to continue to remain that same student of the game," Hurts said. "Just continue to learn. I’m not an easy-to-satisfy person, and I find a unique thrill in not being satisfied. It keeps me going. It makes me want it.

"The biggest thing for me is just continue to work hard every day. Whatever situation it is, be able to put my best foot forward. Just simply control it when I can."

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for 670TheScore.com. Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.