2017 NFL Mock Draft: Packers bolster running game with playmaker Fournette

With clear question marks at the quarterback position and a projected top-three draft pick, the Bears should have the chance to groom a young passer for the future. And North Carolina Tar Heels quarterback Mitch Trubisky should be on the short list of candidates for Chicago.

The redshirt junior checks boxes for his size and arm strength and is an outstanding athlete, which shows when maneuvering the pocket and scrambling for extra yards.

Trubisky makes smart, efficient decisions, but the main concern for NFL teams is the lack of starting experience on his resume. While it is rare for a quarterback with only one season of starting experience in college to be drafted in the first round, Trubisky is one of the exceptions.

First Round

1. Cleveland Browns

Myles Garrett , DE, Texas A&M: The Browns have needs all over the roster and unless they fall in love with a quarterback, this pick needs to be the best talent in the draft, which is Garrett.

2. San Francisco 49ers

DeShone Kizer , QB, Notre Dame Fighting Irish : If the front office and coaching situations remain the same, there is a good chance this pick is a quarterback, but which one? Kizer has the skill-set that fits what Chip Kelly wants to do and has a very high ceiling.

3. Chicago Bears

Mitch Trubisky, QB, North Carolina: Unless Jay Cutler changes the narrative in 2016, the Bears would be wise to invest in a long-term option at quarterback if a prospect like Trubisky is available.

4. Jacksonville Jaguars

Malik McDowell , DT, Michigan State Spartans : Jacksonville has invested heavily in the defensive line, but it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Jaguars do so again if a talent like McDowell is available for them.

5. New York Jets

Deshaun Watson , QB, Clemson Tigers : Ryan Fitzpatrick and Geno Smith are likely not on the roster next season. Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg were both drafted by this regime, but Watson offers considerably more upside.

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