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How many draft picks do Bears have?


Wondering about a player, a past game or another issue involving the Bears? Senior writer Larry Mayer answers a variety of email questions from fans on

How many picks do the Bears have in the draft?

Greg F.
Harvard, Illinois

The Bears have seven picks in the draft; their own in Rounds 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7 and a fourth-rounder that they acquired from the Buffalo Bills during last year's draft when they traded down twice before selecting offensive lineman Cody Whitehair in the second round. The Bears dealt their sixth-round pick to the Houston Texans in exchange for tight end Khari Lee. The Bears will have the third pick in Rounds 1, 3, 5 and 7 and the fourth selection in Rounds 2 and 4, alternating with the Jacksonville Jaguars, who finished with the same 3-13 record.

I've heard a lot about Jimmy Garoppolo, but I haven't heard much about the Bills' Tyrod Taylor. He's only 27, is coming off two productive seasons and rarely turns the ball over. He's mobile outside the pocket and I see him as a perfect bridge quarterback for the next two or three years. Is there something I'm missing?


I don't think you're missing anything, but as far as I know the Bills have not yet determined whether they're going to commit to Tyrod Taylor as their starter, which still could happen. He has a large roster bonus that's due March 11, so we'll know by that time whether he'll be available. Bears general manager Ryan Pace and his staff are considering all options, so I'm sure they're in the process of evaluating Taylor along with many other quarterbacks. Taylor started the first 15 games with Buffalo this past season, completing 61.7 percent of his passes for 3,023 yards with 17 touchdowns, six interceptions and an 89.7 passer rating. He's been the starter the past seasons with the Bills after serving as a backup for four years with the Ravens.

That was an amazing comeback by the Patriots in the Super Bowl! What's the most points the Bears have ever overcome to win a game?

Dave S.
White Plains, New York

The Bears have erased 20-point deficits to win games on two occasions since 1980. They trailed the Buccaneers 20-0 at the end of the first quarter in Tampa on Oct. 25, 1987 before rallying to win 27-26. And then in a 2006 Monday night game in Arizona, the Bears overcame a 23-3 deficit late in the third quarter to shock the Cardinals 24-23, fueling Dennis Green's famous "they are who we thought they were" rant. This past season the Bears nearly rallied back from a 20-point deficit in the fourth quarter, cutting a 27-7 deficit to 27-21 before Joshua Bellamy and Deonte Thompson both dropped potential game-winning touchdown passes in the final minute.

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