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The Chicago Bears will pick 20th in the 2021 NFL Draft

For the first time in three years, the Chicago Bears will have their first-round draft pick. And following Chicago’s postseason exit, it’s never too soon to look toward to the future.

With their 21-9 loss to the New Orleans Saints in the wild-card round, the Bears locked up the No. 20 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. The last time the Bears held the 20th pick in the NFL draft, they selected offensive lineman Kyle Long in 2013.

It isn’t exactly ideal given Chicago’s need at several positions, including quarterback, offensive line and wide receiver. But quarterback will be the biggest topic of conversation with just Nick Foles under contract currently in 2021.

There are realistically six top quarterbacks — Trevor Lawrence, Justin Fields, Zach Wilson, Trey Lance, Mac Jones and Kyle Trask — that should go off the board well before Chicago’s selection, which leaves the Bears in quite a conundrum at quarterback. They could stick with Foles, re-sign Mitchell Trubisky to a one or two-year deal or add a free agent and draft a quarterback to develop.

With less than four months until the 2021 NFL Draft, there will be plenty for Ryan Pace to consider — that is, assuming he remains the Bears’ general manager.

The 2021 NFL Draft will take place in Cleveland, Ohio, from April 29-May 1.

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