Bears Bypass Quarterbacks In NFL Draft

(670 The Score) Before the Bears ever went on the clock in the NFL Draft this week, general manager Ryan Pace proclaimed he would be willing to draft a quarterback if that was the best player available.

That also explained why the Bears didn't select a quarterback with any of their seven draft picks or pounce on opportunities to move up over the past three days. Pace felt there was never a quarterback worth selecting compared to other players on the Bears' draft board.

"It just has to align for us," Pace said after the draft concluded Saturday night. "Every draft, different positions, there are strengths and weaknesses. But for us to take any position, it just has to align for us the right way. So, sometimes there's players we like at that position and the board doesn't fall that way for us. That's what happened for this draft, and we're OK with it, because we came away with seven players that we're really excited about."

The Bears' draft class was headlined by the selections of tight end Cole Kmet and cornerback Jaylon Johnson in the second round Friday. In making those picks, they passed on an opportunity to draft Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts, among other candidates.

The most surprising quarterback to fall was Georgia's Jake Fromm, who lasted deep into the fifth round. The Bears traded up to No. 155 overall in the fifth round to select Tulsa edge rusher Trevis Gipson. They dealt a fourth-round pick in 2021 to the Vikings in order to make that move.

Chicago then drafted Georgia Southern cornerback Kindle Vildor at No. 163 overall. 

Fromm was selected by the Bills four picks later, ending a wait that lasted far longer than draft experts projected.

The Bears traded up to acquire another fifth-round pick, which was used on Tulane receiver Darnell Mooney. With quarterbacks still available in the seventh round, Pace moved for offensive linemen in selecting Colorado guard Arlington Hambright and Tennessee State tackle Lachavious Simmons with consecutive picks.

Pace and the Bears went to work on signing undrafted free agents immediately after the conclusion of the draft. That work didn't include a quarterback as of Saturday night.

The Bears are set to move forward with 25-year-old Mitchell Trubisky and 31-year-old Nick Foles in an open competition to be the team's starter this season. Veteran backup Tyler Bray is currently in line to be the third-string option.

Pace again declined to reveal whether the Bears will pick up Trubisky's fifth-year option. The team has until May 4 to make that decision.

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