(670 The Score) The Bears have finalized a seven-man 2021 draft class, which began with an aggressive trade up to select Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields in the first round Thursday and finished with five selections in the later rounds Saturday.
In an offseason filled with challenges, the Bears added some potential impact players at priority positions and added more depth. Here's a breakdown of the Bears' draft picks.
Round 1, Pick 11 (from Giants) -- Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State
The Bears made their boldest move in trading up from No. 20 to No. 11 in the first round, where they selected Fields. In addition to the No. 20 pick, Chicago traded its fifth-rounder in this draft, a 2022 first-rounder and a 2022 fourth-rounder.
Analysis: Give it up to Pace and the Bears, who landed arguably the second-best quarterback prospect at No. 11. The Bears didn't mortgage much in the rest of this draft (more on that later) and selected a dynamic talent in Fields who could transform the organization. Chicago's excitement for Fields is warranted.
Despite adding Fields, the Bears remain committed to veteran Andy Dalton as their starting quarterback. And it makes sense. The team doesn't want to put pressure on Fields by creating a competition before he can even take a snap in practice. The Bears want to let Fields showcase his readiness, and then they'll open a battle from there.
Quote to note: "I know how much work I’ve put in the game. I know how much I love the game. I know how much I want to be great. It just comes a point in time when you have to cut all that criticism out." -- Fields
Round 2, Pick 39 (from Panthers) -- Teven Jenkins, OT, Oklahoma State
The Bears had Jenkins in consideration for their original No. 20 pick. Instead, they landed him 19 slots later, dealing their second-rounder (No. 52), third-rounder and a sixth-rounder to the Panthers while netting a fifth-round slot in return as well.
Analysis: After moving up for Fields, the Bears traded up for another player with a first-round grade who fills a position of need. It's why Pace was beaming Friday night. He felt he addressed a big need on the Bears' roster for 2021. Jenkins could start at either left or right tackle this season.
Quote to note: "My edge to me is about being able to finish anybody in the dirt. I don't care who you are lining up against me, I don't care what you earn against me, I don't care who you are, I'm going to attack you." -- Jenkins
Round 5, Pick 151 (from Panthers) -- Larry Borom, OT, Missouri
The Bears stood pat with the other pick they received from the Panthers, adding another offensive lineman in Borom. A three-year starter with the Tigers, Borom adds versatility for the Bears, having played left tackle, left guard and right tackle in college.
Analysis: Late Friday night, Bears director of player personnel Josh Lucas reminded Pace of their past success with fifth-round picks. The Bears hope Borom can be their next value from the fifth round. If he emerges this season, it will put Germain Ifedi or Charles Leno Jr. on notice.
Quote to note
"I'm a mean, physical, dominant big person that's going to displace people off the line of scrimmage." -- Borom
Round 6, Pick 217 (from Seahawks) -- Khalil Herbert, RB, Virginia Tech
The Bears moved back in a trade with the Seahawks and then added Herbert, who was highly productive at Virginia Tech and who averaged 7.7 yards per carry as a fifth-year senior in 2021.
Analysis: The Bears added a potentially dynamic piece to their running back room in Herbert, who should compete for a role in a suddenly crowded backfield. With David Montgomery and Tarik Cohen in safe positions, Herbert will likely contend with newcomer Damien Williams for a role.
Quote to note: "Home-run hitter ... I feel like I can do everything, all-purpose back." -- Herbert
Round 6, Pick 221 -- Dazz Newsome, WR, North Carolina
Pace addressed a position of need in the sixth round, adding a potential weapon to the offense in Newsome. This pick was one of the Bears' two sixth-round compensatory picks.
Analysis: It took a while, but the Bears finally added a receiver. Newsome looks the part of what Nagy covets in his offense, as he's a speed threat who could take the top off a defense. There will be opportunities in a position group lacking depth.
Round 6, Pick 228 -- Thomas Graham Jr., CB, Oregon
After releasing veteran cornerback Kyle Fuller this offseason to clear salary cap space, the Bears needed to add to the position. They did so with Graham, a three-year starter for the Ducks who opted out of the 2020 season.
Analysis: The Bears' hope is that Graham can be a steal as the last pick of the sixth round. He performed well at Oregon, recording eight interceptions and 32 pass deflections over three seasons. He's a cover corner who can find the football.
Round 7, Pick 250 -- Khyiris Tonga, DT, BYU
The Bears added a space eater with their final draft pick, selecting the 6-foot-2, 325-pound Tonga in the seventh round.
Analysis: Tonga lost 35 pound as a junior but still fills out a nose tackle's body. The Bears have done well developing defensive linemen, and they'll try it once again.
Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for 670TheScore.com. Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.