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Bryce Young

Former NFL executive explains why Chicago Bears should draft Bryce Young

Oct 15, 2022; Knoxville, Tennessee, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Bryce Young (9) looks to pass the ball against the Tennessee Volunteers during the first quarter at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports
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The Chicago Bears are in an interesting position with the No. 1 overall pick for April’s NFL Draft.

It could restart its franchise with a new quarterback or build upon what it has.

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Chicago selected Justin Fields, a standout at Ohio State, at No. 11 overall in the 2021 draft. He finished with 25 total touchdowns to 11 interceptions in his second season, but is it enough to keep him as QB1 for the Bears? Mike Tannebaum, a former NFL general manager and vice president, has an idea for Chicago. He shared on ESPN’s Get Up what he would do with the No. 1 pick if he was in the Bears’ front office. Tannebaum made a case for Chicago to trade Fields, get picks for him, and take Bryce Young. 

He feels that Young is the ‘better quarterback,’ and Chicago would be resetting Young’s rookie deal if it can get several quality players around him from trading Fields. Tannebaum takes nothing from Fields, but he believes Young will be the better option for the Bears. The California native achieved numerous individual accolades in his three years for the Crimson Tide, including a Heisman Memorial Trophy in 2021. Young was a two-time team captain and finished second all-time in school history for career passing yards (8,356), passing touchdowns (80,  and total touchdowns (87). He guided the Tide to an SEC Championship in 2021.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith. 

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