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If Bears draft a QB, would he play?

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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 ChicagoBears.com.

I saw a mock draft that has the Bears picking quarterback Carson Wentz in the first round of the draft "to allow him to develop." The Bears have been drafting quarterbacks on and off for the last 10 or so years, but they only play in the preseason. If the Bears were to pick a quarterback high in the draft, do you see him actually playing in a game?

Fabian B.
Everett, Washington

If the Bears draft a quarterback in the first or second round, they no doubt would look at him as Jay Cutler's eventual replacement. But I know for a fact that they remain committed to Cutler and therefore would have the luxury of letting the young quarterback initially develop behind Cutler. When you mention that the Bears have drafted quarterbacks on and off for the last 10 years, those have been lower picks who have been looked at as backups. The Bears have not drafted a quarterback prior to the fifth round since 2005 when they chose Kyle Orton in the fourth round. They've picked three quarterbacks since then, all late in the draft: Dan LeFevour (2010 sixth round), Nathan Enderle (2011 fifth round) and David Fales (2014 sixth round).

I really like Joey Bosa and think he would do great in Vic Fangio's defense. What are the chances of him being around by the time the Bears pick?

Jason
Fukuoka, Japan

The general consensus from the draft analysts that I've been monitoring is that Joey Bosa is a certain top-10 pick who probably will be long gone by the time the Bears go on the clock at No. 11. No one knows for sure what will happen, of course, but it appears very unlikely that the Ohio State defensive end would be an option for the Bears. ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. is predicting that Bosa will be selected by the Ravens at No. 6. Many other analysts think he could go even higher.

What did the Bears get in return from the Patriots for the lineman they traded in the 2015 preseason?

Bobb W.
Florida

The Bears obtained linebacker Matthew Wells from New England in exchange for guard Ryan Groy last Aug. 11. Wells was waived as part of final cuts and later spent portions of the season on the Rams practice squad. Groy was waived/injured by the Patriots during final cuts. He spent a few weeks on the Buccaneers practice squad and was signed to the Bills' 53-man roster last Nov. 25.

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