After taking punches throughout the offseason for settling on Andy Dalton instead of acquiring an elite quarterback via trade, the Chicago Bears began to quiet the masses by aggressively pursuing a future signal caller in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Trading up to select Justin Fields was not only a move that was made in the best interest of the franchise, but one that may eventually help bolster job security for the Bears’ front office. Although Chicago will bite the bullet and lose its first-round choice next year in the process, the future in the Windy City appears a little brighter today than it did a week ago.
Elsewhere around the division, round one presented an opportunity for Detroit and Minnesota to add starting talent across the offensive line. That was true for the Vikings in particular, even if they missed out on adding Fields to their own roster. Today’s rundown features that story, while digging into draft grades for each team and the undrafted players fighting for roster spots this summer.
Detroit earned mostly A’s and B’s for their draft haul, grades influenced significantly by landing left tackle Penei Sewell in round one.
Adding premium athleticism and speed, particularly on defense, appeared to be a priority for the Lions this year as five of the seven picks earned elite RAS scores.
Notre Dame was targeted heavily, with three of the 13 signings coming from South Bend.
Minnesota added a probable starting tackle in round one before selecting a quarterback to groom for life after Kirk Cousins on day two.
The article indicates that Minnesota attempted to trade up for a couple players, including a different quarterback of the future, before ultimately moving back.
Ohio State’s Tuf Borland is one of the current names on the Vikings’ list of undrafted signees.
The success of this year’s draft will eventually be based on the progression of Justin Fields, who the Bears gave up a future first-round pick to acquire.
After drafting a pair of offensive tackles this past weekend, Chicago elected to free up cap space by releasing last year’s starting left tackle.
A Kamara unrelated to Alvin is one of the names trying to make the Bears’ final roster as an undrafted free agent.