Ryan Pace: Bears need to nail this draft to keep our momentum

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Last year, the Bears had a good season thanks in large part to trading future draft picks to acquire pass rusher Khalil Mack and wide receiver Anthony Miller. This year, that bill comes due.

The Bears traded away a first-round pick, a second-round pick and a sixth-round pick, and General Manager Ryan Pace said today that he feels pressure to make the most of the picks he has remaining.

“The pressure feels the same to me,” Pace said. “I feel like with fewer picks, and with later picks, the onus is on us as scouts to hit on these picks, and to keep this momentum. I feel like we have this momentum. To keep this momentum going, we need to nail this draft.”

The Bears won’t pick on Thursday, and their only pick on Friday is No. 87 overall. They have four picks on Saturday. Pace will need to hit on a lot of late picks if the Bears are going to bolster last year’s NFC North champions with a good rookie class.

20 responses to “Ryan Pace: Bears need to nail this draft to keep our momentum

  1. If they didn’t give up those extra picks to get Biscuit, they would have extra ammo to use this year.

    If they had made the smart choice, they should’ve traded down, collected extra picks, and then drafted Watson or Mahomes instead. That decision will haunt Ryan Pace and the Chicago Bears for the next 15-20 years. And now the Bears are missing out on drafting other franchise QBs while they see if Biscuit is “that guy.” I don’t think he is and in 5 years, the Bears will be picking another QB in the first round and have blown their window with this elite defense. Ryan Pace/Matt Nagy might be gone too by then.

  2. I agree. They have a very good team all-around, but they need to find a replacement for Trubiscuit.

  3. The Bears are in good shape. Depth on the O-line and on the defense would be a good idea and I’m sure thats the plan. The Mack deal made missing the draft craziness not so bad after all. The Bears are in for a special 100th season. “Storybook” I hope. Go Bears

  4. That’s what he does best..finds talent later…(as opposed to his early picks!)…kinda glad we aren’t picking early. Snake bit by Kevin White still…although Trubisky will become everything we need of a quality mobile aggressive QB. Go Bears

  5. Everyone has caught on to the gimmick offense,
    and you lost Fangio to boot, ouch!
    No picks early….oh my

  6. With no draft picks and little salary cap space the Bears will fall back in the race for the North. If you aren’t getting better you are getting worse in this league and it happens in a hurry when your QB is average.

  7. stephanebonics says:
    April 23, 2019 at 7:25 pm
    If they didn’t give up those extra picks to get Biscuit, they would have extra ammo to use this year.

    If they had made the smart choice, they should’ve traded down, collected extra picks, and then drafted Watson or Mahomes instead. That decision will haunt Ryan Pace and the Chicago Bears for the next 15-20 years. And now the Bears are missing out on drafting other franchise QBs while they see if Biscuit is “that guy.” I don’t think he is and in 5 years, the Bears will be picking another QB in the first round and have blown their window with this elite defense. Ryan Pace/Matt Nagy might be gone too by then.

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    trubisky had a better win percentage, by a significant amount, than aaron rodgers kirk cousins or matthew stafford last year. not sure why everybody can claim their guy is so much better. you can make all the excuses you want but the bottom line is that trubisky is a winner.

  8. This is only the start of the fallout of giving up to much to get Mack and signing him to such an outrageous contract. What are the bores going to do when Mitchell Trubisky, Roquan Smith and Danny Trevaython are free agents?

  9. Every year, about half the teams that were in the playoffs last year fail to quality again. Of those 12 teams, I couldn’t accurately identify which half but my stone cold lead pipe pick for naming just one team is the Chicago Bears.

  10. Trubisky the Pro Bowl qb will continue to improve. Pace has done great in later rounds (Tarik, EJax, Howard, Amos, Nichols) and there is no position they are desperate to fill. There is no reason to believe they won’t hold serve.

  11. Regarding Mack’s contract, when your qb is on a rookie contract and the salary cap increases 5% each year… you’re fine. The Bears have what, $16m in cap space as it is?

  12. stephanebonics says:
    April 23, 2019 at 7:25 pm
    If they didn’t give up those extra picks to get Biscuit, they would have extra ammo to use this year.

    If they had made the smart choice, they should’ve traded down, collected extra picks, and then drafted Watson or Mahomes instead. That decision will haunt Ryan Pace and the Chicago Bears for the next 15-20 years. And now the Bears are missing out on drafting other franchise QBs while they see if Biscuit is “that guy.” I don’t think he is and in 5 years, the Bears will be picking another QB in the first round and have blown their window with this elite defense. Ryan Pace/Matt Nagy might be gone too by then.

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    trubisky had a better win percentage, by a significant amount, than aaron rodgers kirk cousins or matthew stafford last year. not sure why everybody can claim their guy is so much better. you can make all the excuses you want but the bottom line is that trubisky is a winner.

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    Cousins and Stafford have never won anything, so leave them out of it. You can claim a win percentage of Biscuit over Rodgers, but you’re lying if you’d take Biscuit over Rodgers (and only for one year where Rodgers played on one knee). Biscuit cannot carry a team, he’s not a franchise QB. He’s going to be like Mariota, has some early success because he can scramble and he has a solid defense around him, but will inevitably show that he just is not that caliber of QB.

    You can defend Biscuit all you want, it was an unequivocal mistake to take him over Mahomes and Watson. At the time it was absurd to give up extra picks, and it looks even worse now that we’ve seen how good Watson and Mahomes have been in this league.

  13. The Bears are a historically poor team at drafting, and Ryan Pace has kept up that fine tradition. Their gimmick offense, a bad Qb, no running game and the loss of Fangio will assure them of their normal 7-9 season (not to mention a tough schedule).
    #commitmenttomediocrity

  14. Maybe I’m seeing this wrong but everyone keeps saying “tough schedule”. Except for two teams, everyone else in our division has that same “tough schedule”. It’s not as though the Bears are playing all the elites and GB, MINN and DET get the little sisters of the poor. Also, “gimmick offense”? Same gimmicks in PHIL and KC, so I wish people would refrain from these terms.

  15. Mike Shereck says:
    April 24, 2019 at 7:13 am
    The Bears are a historically poor team at drafting, and Ryan Pace has kept up that fine tradition. Their gimmick offense, a bad Qb, no running game and the loss of Fangio will assure them of their normal 7-9 season (not to mention a tough schedule).
    #commitmenttomediocrity

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    I suggest you take a look at Pace’s late round picks the past 3 years.

  16. Oh please bring back John Fox and the rest of the gang!!! They knew how to turn it around!!! Idiots

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