Greg Gabriel is a former NFL talent evaluator who was the director of college scouting for the Chicago Bears. He also previously served on the NFL College Advisory Committee that gives feedback to college players who are considering entering the draft. Since leaving the NFL, Gabriel has written for the National Football Post and Bleacher Report and been an on-air contributor for 670 The Score and a contributing writer for CBSChicago.com. He lives in the Chicagoland area.
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After two poor Bears seasons, the Ryan Pace/John Fox regime must find its quarterback of the future.
Wormley is an instinctive player who can play outside or inside on the line, depending on the scheme.
Ogunjobi has good physical tools and explosiveness, but he needs to work on his pass rushing moves.
Conley has scouts impressed and projects as a No. 1 cornerback, possibly to be taken in the top-10 to top-15 range.
Adams doesn’t have the athleticism to justify going in the top five, but he projects as a quality starter.
Thomas has excellent quickness and can win with power too, but he’s undersized for some systems.
The Bears made low-profile signings in free agency, but they were at positions of need.
Glennon has flashed a strong arm with good accuracy but struggles mightily under pressure.
Peterman is a smart quarterback who’s accurate, but he lacks arm strength.
Mahomes is projected to be the best quarterback available late in the first round or early in the second.
With good size and athleticism, Humphrey projects as a No. 1 cornerback in the next few years.
Lattimore has all the tools needed to become a shutdown corner in the NFL.
Hooker is an excellent athlete with good ball skills in coverage, though some medical questions persist.
Allen can be a dominant force in the run game as well as being an excellent inside pass rusher.
Trubisky has the physical tools to excel, but his experience makes him a wild card.
Watson has come up big in big games time and again.
Kizer has the physical traits you want in a quarterback but sometimes goes too far in the quest to make a big play.
The Bears need a franchise quarterback, and the Patriots’ Garoppolo may be available.
The Bears could really use a quarterback, a cornerback, a safety and an offensive tackle.