With the NFL Combine just about set to conclude it is now time for teams to start sifting through the numbers and measures and start creating their big board. With the third pick in the upcoming draft the Bears will be one of the teams that will be doing a lot of digging, as they are a team without a quarterback and absolutely need  to hit on their top selection. Below are 5 combine participants that the Bears and general manager Ryan Pace should keep a close eye on going forward.

1. Mitch Trubisky, QB, North Carolina

6’2, 222 lbs
40 yard sprint – 4.65 seconds
Vertical – 27.5 inches

Trubisky is being consistently ranked as the top quarterback in this year’s class and as mentioned earlier the Bears are currently a team without a franchise signal caller. There is a good chance Trubisky is gone by the time the Bears pick at #3 due to Cleveland and San Francisco also having voids at the position but there is a chance, albeit a slight one, that those teams take a defender instead. Pace would be thrilled to snap up Trubisky here.

2. Patrick Mahomes II, QB, Texas Tech

6’2″, 225 lbs
40 time – 4.80 seconds
Vertical – 30 inches

Mahomes is by far the drafts fastest riser. Once deemed a mid-round developmental project there now is talk of the quarterback being within the top 15 picks. To be clear Mahomes still needs some work when it comes to his mechanics but his physical gifts and “wow” moments are just that good that he’s vaulted into the first half of picks in mocks. However the Bears are just getting set to say goodbye to a quarterback who also had physical gifts but could never put it all together and might not be ready to take on that task again. That being said if Mahomes impresses in interviews and or ends up slipping in the draft the Bears could conceivably either snag him in the second or third round or trade down in the first for him.

3. Jamal Adams S, LSU

6’0″, 214 lbs
40 time -4.56 seconds
Vertical – 31.5 inches

Ohio State’s Malik Hooker could have just as easily been in this space but he did not participate in the combine. So with Adams’ strong combine performance that makes him the current top safety. Both are excellent options but we’ll roll with Adams here for the sake of consistency. The Bears have a patchwork defensive secondary and that’s putting it very kindly. Safety has been a hole on the roster for years and the Bears have failed to pair two quality safeties together under the Pace/Fox regime. With an up-and-coming defensive line the Bears should strongly consider making Adams (or Hooker) the pick at #3 as they are both talents that can lock down one of the safety spots for years to come. Adams is described as a field general and a robber which is exactly what the Bears defensive unit needs. A safety hasn’t been taken as high as #3 since Eric Berry but Adams is a big talent and the Bears have the need.

4. Jonathan Allen, DL, Alabama

6’3″, 286 lbs
40 time – 5 seconds
Vertical – 30 inches

As previously mentioned the Bears have a young, up-and-coming line. That shouldn’t be the reason they don’t pick Allen though. Generally seen as one of the safest picks in this draft Allen has all the combinations of size and talent and pedigree to warrant being a top selection and then succeed immediately. Allen has the ability to play either inside or outside but is best suited as a defensive end. The Bears are consistently linked to Allen and it’s not hard to see why as he could be a disruptive force and be creatively deployed by Vic Fangio to become a perennial Pro-Bowler if not eventual defensive player of the year.

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