(670 The Score) While the future of Bears general manager Ryan Pace remained unclear as of mid-morning Monday, Chicago’s season-ending 21-9 loss to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday did bring clarity on the franchise’s slot in the 2021 NFL Draft.
The Bears will select No. 20 in the NFL Draft in April. They landed that pick by having the second-worst record of the six teams that were eliminated in the wild-card round over the weekend. The top 18 picks among non-playoff teams had already been set, and the Washington Football Team will draft No. 19 after going 7-9. Chicago had an 8-8 season.
The Bears didn’t have a first-round pick come draft night in 2019 or 2020, as they traded them to the Raiders in the blockbuster deal to acquire star edge rusher Khalil Mack just before the 2018 season started.