Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts

Should the Chicago Bears strongly consider drafting Jalen Hurts?

  • 2020 NFL Draft
  • Chicago Bears
  • Jalen Hurts
By Daniel Goodwin III March 8, 2020 1 Comment
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Without a first-round pick, the Chicago Bears have holes to fill on both sides of the ball. Should Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts be considered?

The Chicago Bears have glaring holes at several positions that need addressing this offseason. Immediate help is needed at tight end, strong safety, quarterback, edge rusher, linebacker, and several areas along the offensive line. The 2020 NFL Draft is loaded with some very talented young players that can come in and contribute right away. The Bears do not have a first-round draft pick but, they do have a pair of second-round draft picks in the top 60 selections.

When you consider the misses Chicago has had in the past with early-round picks like Kevin White, Adam Shaheen, and even Mitchell Trubisky. The pressure is on for Ryan Pace, Matt Nagy, and company to find some talent that will produce on the field for the Chicago Bears in 2020 and beyond.

Two Second round Selections

With the 43rd overall pick, Chicago has been linked to several different players, and to be honest, the possibilities are endless. The talent in this draft is deep, and there is no denying that. The question is, though, should the Bears draft according to need or best available? When looking at this roster, and seeing so many positions that need attention, it only makes sense to draft best available. Austin Jackson was invited to the Scouting Combine to participate as one of the top offensive tackle prospects in the entire draft class.

Jackson did not disappoint, and he firmly cemented himself as a top 5 tackle in this draft. The USC offensive tackle was able to put together one of the most consistent performances when participating in the drills, tests, and interviews. He showed flexibility and fluid movement in the on-field drills. Jackson could challenge Charles Leno for the starting left tackle position in training camp, and most likely supplant Leno in the starting lineup at some point during the season. If Austin Jackson is available at pick 43, the Bears should take him with their first pick of the second round.

Seven picks later, the Bears have the 50th overall pick, also in the second round. It’s a very intriguing pick because the Bears have several options. They could draft a player, or trade down to acquire draft capital. As of right now, they have no third-round pick, so the latter is a strong possibility. With all that being said, if one Jalen Hurts is on the board, Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy should do their due diligence and strongly consider taking Hurts at 50th overall.

Why Jalen Hurts would make sense for Chicago

Former Alabama and Oklahoma signal-caller is by far a top athlete at the quarterback position. Like Jackson, he did not disappoint at the combine. He was able to put on a very impressive performance. We knew he was a freak athlete, but he has made considerable improvements at throwing the football. The Bears should find a way to draft Jalen Hurts. He is a student of the game, evidenced by his whiteboard test with Steve Mariucci.

Hurts is a talented dual-threat quarterback with the potential to be potent in the RPO system. He has proved he can deal with adversity well. After winning SEC player of the year, he lost the starting job at Alabama to Tua Tagovailoa. Jalen handled it well and stuck it out for a year. Tagovailoa went down with an injury in the 2018 SEC Title Game, he was thrown into the fire in the fire. What did he do?

With Alabama trailing by a touchdown, he threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Jerry Jeudy. He followed that with a 15-yard touchdown run on the next drive and led Alabama to the victory. He then transferred to Oklahoma and put up massive numbers and was named Big 12 player of the year, all leading the Oklahoma Sooners to the BCS Playoffs.

With the 43rd and 50th Picks, The Bears Select

The Chicago Bears have five other draft picks, and they’re projected to add a fourth-round compensatory selection to the list. None of those picks will be as crucial as what Chicago does in the second round. There will be players available, and there will be teams wanting to move up in the second round. The Bears should ignore the trade proposals and temptation to draft another playmaker for ‘ Nagy’s System”.

While those are essential needs that need addressing, the situation is simple. Take the best available! There are pro days and other interviews in March and April that will help determine who that is. As of right now, at 43rd overall, the selection should be Austin Jackson. At 50th overall, the choice should be Jalen Hurts.

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Daniel Goodwin

March 8, 2020

I agree. Hurts would be a great selection at 50, if he's still available.

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