(670 The Score) In an effort to make a final impression ahead of the NFL Draft, Ohio State quarterback prospect Justin Fields held a second pro day Wednesday in Columbus.
The Bears were among teams getting one last look at Fields, as coach Matt Nagy was spotted in attendance. It's not clear whether Chicago sent other members of its scouting team to watch.
Fields was a two-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year selection who led the Buckeyes to a 20-2 record over two seasons. He has widely been projected to be the third quarterback selected, with Clemson's Trevor Lawrence set to be the No. 1 overall pick of the Jaguars and BYU's Zach Wilson projected to go No. 2 overall to the Jets.
Though the Bears are expected to be suitors for a quarterback in this NFL Draft, it will be challenging to land Fields or one of the top arms in this class. To do so, the Bears would need to make a trade that would cost them significant draft capital.
Nagy was captured in a photo by Ohio State standing alongside 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan, whose team traded up to the No. 3 overall spot in this draft. That could be where Fields lands in the first round. The Bears could trade up to the No. 4 pick, currently held by the Falcons, though three quarterbacks could be gone by that point.
The Bears signed veteran quarterback Andy Dalton to a one-year, $10-million deal this offseason, naming him the starter upon his arrival in Chicago. But general manager Ryan Pace didn't rule out drafting a quarterback.
The Bears have drafted one quarterback during Pace's six years as general manager: Mitchell Trubisky, whom he traded up one spot to select No. 2 overall in 2017. Trubisky wasn't retained by Chicago as a free agent this offseason, and the Bears went back into the quarterback market.
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