NFL Draft grades: Bears' 2021 class impresses draft experts, analysts

Making a bold move for Justin Fields will do that.

(670 The Score) For lots of different reasons, it was a good weekend to be a Bears fan. The draft went ... checks notes ... extremely well, Aaron Rodgers is knee deep in messy breakup drama with the Packers and it was 80 degrees and sunny for *two* days in a row around here. Everything's coming up Chicago. The Bears more or less sealed their draft grade with their first two picks, Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields and Oklahoma State offensive tackle Teven Jenkins, but draft analysts loved their entire class. Here's what they're saying.

Yahoo! Sports: A
"(Bears general manager Ryan) Pace traded Nos. 20 and 164, plus first- and fourth-round picks in 2022, in exchange for No. 11. Fields has a chance to be special, and this class could be the ultimate game-changer for this franchise, Pace and Matt Nagy. This is the most talented QB the Bears have ever had, and that's not hyperbole. The bar is low."

"Bears fans had to be jubilant on Thursday night, but now the work begins for Nagy, who needs to make the playoffs to keep his job. I'll bring up the stat that fans hate: A Bears quarterback has made the Pro Bowl once since the team won the Super Bowl in 1985 (Trubisky in 2018). Fields has a chance to make fans quickly forget about their quarterback woes."

CBS Sports: B+
"The Bears were aggressive, and it was the smart thing to do. This regime needs to win now, and they drafted like it. They don't care about the future — even if they wouldn't admit it. Getting Fields will define this draft."

The Athletic: B+
"There are no guarantees that Fields will work out, but Bears fans were the biggest winners of draft weekend. They went from dreading the 2021 season and the Andy Dalton snooze-fest to now having a quarterback with legitimate juice. And Chicago didn’t have to give up a haul to land Fields."

The Ringer: A+ 
"The Bears went with quality over quantity, trading up twice over the draft’s first two days to nab a pair of instant-impact players in Fields and Jenkins. Fields has the potential to change the entire trajectory of the franchise, as his abilities as a dual-threat passer make him well worth the cost Chicago paid to move up and take him."

Sports Illustrated: A-
"The Bears, who have made the playoffs twice during the Matt Nagy era while limping offensively, now have a transformed offense with a mobility component at the quarterback position that can transform even a middling weapon set." A
"The Bears have needed a playmaking quarterback for decades. Trading up to land Fields was well worth the price. Upgrading the offensive line was also a priority, so trading up for a player of Jenkins’ caliber at a reasonable price made sense."

Sporting News: A
"The trade up for Fields was a shrewd move for pressured GM Ryan Pace, without giving up the farm. He is the special dual threat who can help solve QB for Chicago in the right way for a long time. They also landed a first-round pedigreed starting right tackle in Jenkins and the big-time slot receiver upgrade in (Dazz) Newsome, an absolute late-round steal."

Pro Football Focus: A+ 
"The Bears underwhelmed when they settled for Andy Dalton earlier in the offseason, but they redressed the situation with an aggressive move for Justin Fields, the No. 3 player on PFF’s Big Board. Fields has special talent and back-to-back seasons with a 91.0-plus PFF grade. His ceiling is as high as any passer in this draft, and he’s a real threat in the run game."

NFL Draft GPA: 3.99 (1st)