Chicago Bears commit to Fields, still hold #1 overall pick

Justin Fields, Chicago Bears (Mandatory Credit: Lon Horwedel-USA TODAY Sports)
Justin Fields, Chicago Bears (Mandatory Credit: Lon Horwedel-USA TODAY Sports) /

The Chicago Bears are apparently moving forward with Justin Fields as their quarterback. What should they do with their first overall selection?  The Bears might be in a unique situation, as they appear to have a franchise quarterback, and they still have the number one overall selection in the 2023 NFL Draft.

Justin Fields was drafted by Matt Nagy and Ryan Pace, who were replaced by Matt Eberflus and Ryan Poles, so the new regime does not have any ties to Fields.  However, it does seem like they will move forward with them, as Albert Breer reported.

Breer did indicate that this could change based on how they feel about some of the top quarterbacks in the 2023 NFL Draft, but my personal guess is that they do indeed move forward with Fields.

The interesting part of this report is the Bears potentially trying to trade the top selection.  This would make the most sense long-term for the team, in my opinion.

The Chicago Bears could hold tight at #1 overall and take one of the top defensive prospects like Jalen Carter or Will Anderson.

However, the smart decision here is to trade the top pick to the highest bidder, who would surely take a quarterback, which would make the potential return for the Bears even greater.

The Indianapolis Colts could be the prime candidate to trade into the top spot as they hold the fourth overall selection, and unless they acquire a veteran quarterback, could be in play to draft someone.

The talent at quarterback this year appears to be much stronger than last year, so that might make the top of the draft even more interesting.

The Chicago Bears have a weak roster; they need a massive influx of talent on both sides of the ball, so trading out of the first overall selection is the smartest route to go.