The Chicago Bears are about to find themselves in a dream situation.

And it’s a situation that I think many teams would like to be in.

Despite the skepticism that surrounded quarterback Justin Fields before the season, the former Ohio State standout appears to be the answer at quarterback for the Bears.

Fields has developed into a legitimate NFL star. He’s one of the most dynamic players in the NFL. Fields is a threat to score every time he touches the ball. He can take off running and score at any time and he throws one of the best deep balls in the league.

Thanks to the emergence of Fields, the Bears don’t need to worry about the quarterback position for a while.

Chicago, by virtue of their 3-10 record, should have a fairly high draft pick next spring.

In fact, the Bears are currently projected to have the No. 2 pick.

Several teams drafting in that area will need a quarterback (the Houston Texans, Carolina Panthers, etc).

Chicago, however, won’t need a quarterback. That means they should have their pick of the best non-quarterback available.

Pro Football Network thinks that player will be Alabama edge rusher Will Anderson. And they predicted this week that he’ll be drafted by the Bears.

From Pro Football Network:

No narrative turned on its head faster in 2022 than people’s opinion of Justin Fields as a quarterback. His struggles as a passer and wasted talent as a runner were challenged immediately to start the year. He’s progressed so far this season that it’s becoming far more clear the type of team Chicago wants on offense. On defense? Not so much.

Enter Will Anderson Jr., an Alabama pass rusher who will finish his career as one of the most successful edge rushers in college football history. Anderson lives in the backfield, and Bears fans will see a player they haven’t seen since Richard Dent on the 80s squad.

In the NFL, it’s all about the quarterback. To win a championship, a franchise needs an elite quarterback and they need someone on the defensive side of the ball who can get after the quarterback.

It looks like the Bears have an elite quarterback in Fields. And if the draft plays out like we think it might, they could be adding an elite pass rusher in the 2023 NFL Draft.

The Bears have suffered through a lot of losses this season, but better days are absolutely on the horizon.

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