Wondering about a player, a past game or another issue involving the Bears? Senior writer Larry Mayer answers a variety of questions from fans on ChicagoBears.com.
I'd love to see the Bears pick a quarterback in the draft, maybe even in the second round. But I don't see that happening after they traded for Nick Foles. Do you think that's something they would consider?
West Chicago, Illinois
During a video conference call with the media Tuesday, general manager Ryan Pace said that the Bears would consider selecting a quarterback if that player was the top prospect on their draft board at the time. Of course, it's important to understand that no NFL general manager is going to publicly discuss his team's most pressing needs or, conversely, rule out any positions a couple days before the draft. Here's what Pace said about the possibility of picking a quarterback: "You know we're always going to take the best player available. If a quarterback was there and he was the highest guy on our board in a strong way, we would consider that. I think we'd consider every position. Let's face it, the draft is risky enough. When you deviate from taking the best player, I think you just increase your risk."
What are the Bears' plans at the right guard position?
Round Lake Beach, Illinois
Listening to GM Ryan Pace's conference call, it sounded to me that the Bears like what they have at right guard but wouldn't hesitate to further bolster the position in the draft. Pace discussed Rashaad Coward's ascension and high ceiling as well as the depth and competition that veteran free-agent signee Germain Ifedi will bring. The Bears GM also acknowledged the need to always try to improve the line and the possibility of addressing guard or tackle in the draft. Here's what he had to say: "We really like where Coward's heading in his future. We're really optimistic about that, especially him being raw, converting from defensive line. And then getting Ifedi, we liked him coming out [in the 2016 draft]. [New line coach] Juan Castillo's very high on him. Playing him at right guard's going to be advantageous for him. But to be honest, I think you're mindful too of, 'Hey, Ifedi's on a one-year deal. Rashaad is a work in progress and we feel good about it.' I think you're always looking to bolster the offensive line. It is a strong group. But then you could need tackle as well. I think those are all positions we could definitely consider."
How were the Bears able to get three top-10 picks in the 1965 draft?
They accomplished that by wheeling and dealing. On Dec. 2, 1963—the first day of the 1964 draft—the Bears traded picks in the second and fourth rounds of the 1965 draft to the Steelers in exchange for Pittsburgh's first-round selection. With the picks they acquired from the Bears, the Steelers chose Notre Dame receiver Jim Kelly at No. 28 and Jackson State tackle Ben McGee at No. 51. Kelly played just one season for the Steelers, catching 10 passes for 186 yards and one touchdown. McGee had a more successful career, being voted to two Pro Bowls in nine seasons. With the first-round pick they obtained from Pittsburgh, the Bears chose Hall of Fame middle linebacker Dick Butkus at No. 3. They followed by picking Hall of Fame running back Gale Sayers with their own selection at No. 4. The Bears obtained the No. 6 pick in the 1965 draft in a trade with the Steelers in exchange for receiver Angelo Coia and defensive tackle Fred Williams. The Bears used the selection to take defensive lineman Steve DeLong, who signed with the rival American Football League and played his first seven pro seasons with the San Diego Chargers before finally joining the Bears for one year in 1972.