Chicago Bears 2021 NFL Draft Class Breakdown

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All 259 draft picks have been made and each team is high-fiving each other because they were able to address many needs with the perceived "best player" available on their board. One team that made waves was the Chicago Bears, who made the splash of the first round by trading up to secure former Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields.

The Bears' seven-player class was an interesting one as it had players across multiple positions. Let’s take a look back at their 2021 NFL Draft class:

Round 1: Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State

This was the steal and best pick of the first night. The Bears traded up with the New York Giants to secure their future franchise quarterback in Fields after a slide that seemed to go on longer than imagined as there were some that thought Fields was the second-best signal-caller in the draft. Surrendering a 2022 first-round pick, it’s a swing for the fences for a regime that was considered to be on its last leg entering the upcoming season. With little buzz surrounding the team prior to the draft, Fields jumpstarts the excitement of many critics surrounding the team. A strong-armed and mobile quarterback, Fields brings the upside to the position that the team has sorely lacked for decades. Fields is expected to compete with Andy Dalton to become the team's starter, but it would be surprising if Fields isn’t taking snaps under center come Week 1.

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