Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Chicago Bears 2021 Post-Draft NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2021 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the Chicago Bears rank in terms of average, best and worst:

  • Average ranking: 23.4 (24th)
  • Best ranking: 19th (NFL.com)
  • Worst ranking: 26th (USA Today)

Below you will find a post-draft roundup for the Bears in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 24

Player who benefited most from draft: WR Allen Robinson II

The arrival of Justin Fields will greatly benefit Robinson, who is playing on the one-year franchise tag. Whenever the Bears deem Fields ready to start, the rookie out of Ohio State represents a serious upgrade over the quarterbacks Robinson has played with over three seasons in Chicago. Despite the often shaky quarterback play, Robinson still managed to post impressive numbers, catching 102 passes for 1,250 yards last season. Whether Robinson is a Bear beyond 2021 remains to be seen, but the (expected eventual) emergence of Fields might convince Robinson to stick around a while longer. -- Jeff Dickerson

NFL.com -- Rank: 19

Man, did the Bears need that. Hope! Excitement! The promise of a more compelling tomorrow! That's what came back to Chicago when Ryan Pace made the bold move to trade up and acquire Justin Fields with the 11th overall pick on Thursday night. Fields figures to push Andy Dalton for the starting job on a Bears team that can contend in the NFC North with legitimate quarterback play. Should we mention here that the Chicago Bears suddenly have one of the best QB rooms in the league? A hugely compelling rookie in Fields and the best veteran backup in football in Dalton? Even Nick Foles is still on hand to tell Super Bowl LII stories. What in the name of Sid Luckman is going on around here?

CBS Sports -- Rank: 25

They traded up to land Justin Fields in the draft, which was a smart move, but the timetable for his play is the thing to watch here. Will it be Fields or Andy Dalton to open the season?

USA Today -- Rank: 23

They're in a similar pickle as the Patriots, grateful to have obtained a potential franchise quarterback in Justin Fields but not in a position to smoothly transition the offense to him from veteran Andy Dalton's style.

The Athletic -- Rank: 26

For the Bears and their fans, the 2021 season is not really about the 2021 season. It's about seeing enough flashes from Justin Fields to be excited about the future.

As noted above in the Patriots section, the average season from a rookie quarterback over the last 10 years equates to about the 25th-best starter league-wide. The Bears have questions up front, and Matt Nagy has not proven to be a difference-making schemer or play-caller. In other words, whenever Fields plays, he won't be entering a great situation. But even if it's just a play here and a possession there, if Fields can capture the fan base's imagination, this should be a fun, exciting season in Chicago.

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