No. 1: 49ers Nab the Bears Again
Remember in 2017 when John Lynch fleeced the Bears by moving down one spot from No. 2 overall in that year’s draft so Chicago could grab quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, picking up a slew of picks in return?
As it turned out, neither Trubisky or the top player the 49ers grabbed, defensive end Solomon Thomas, panned out. But either way, it was a pretty good haul for San Francisco at the time.
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Chicago put a timer on Trubisky’s tenure by trading with the Jacksonville Jaguars for quarterback Nick Foles in exchange for a fourth-round pick. Yet it’s quite premature to suggest Foles is automatically going to be the long-term answer to replace Trubisky. For starters, Foles’ current contract has zero in guaranteed money in 2021 and 2022, so he could easily be a cap casualty after one season in Chicago.
Plus, aside from a phenomenal 2013 campaign and storybook Super Bowl finish at the end of the 2017 season, Foles has been relatively pedestrian over his career.
General manager Ryan Pace and the Bears are still in win-now mode, yet a true quarterbacking talent is likely the final finishing touch on offense. The Bears’ regression last season only puts more pressure on the need for some drastic action.
And the 49ers can take advantage.
Chicago owns two second-round picks in the draft, Nos. 43 and 50, which would be a slight overpayment to have a better chance at getting a second-level quarterback at the tail end of Round 1.
San Francisco sending off one of its two fifth-round picks helps balance it out nicely enough.
The 2020 NFL Draft kicks off on Thursday, April 23.