The Chicago Bears have never had the #1 overall pick in the modern era. ESPN‘s Football Power Index thinks otherwise as they rated the Bears to have the highest chance of getting that prized draft slot come April at 22%. Each week they release their list and it is measured using a wide array of criteria.
If the Bears do in fact pick first in this year’s NFL Draft, poor QB play would be a large factor in that. Despite his play in the past, Jay Cutler has never seemed to live up to expectations since being traded to the Windy City back in 2009. The fading franchise QB has not yet been ruled out for week 3, but it doesn’t look too good for him as he missed Thursday’s practice as he nurses a hamstring injury which forced him to leave week 2’s game against Arizona.
Expecting to step in for the injured Cutler, backup Jimmy Clausen has stated he feels “way more comfortable now” when comparing his days where he started 10 games for Carolina as a rookie back in 2010. The 5th year QB faces an extremely tough task as he is expected to start against the tough Seattle defense, on the road. While the Seahawks are 0-2, they are hungry as ever for a victory. Clausen came on in relief of the injured Cutler last week and completed 61% of passes and threw an interception.
With Cutler out, the Bears are set to start 0-3 for the first time since 2003, which gives them an even better shot at “scoring” on the 1st pick in the draft. With the Cutler era nearly over in Chicago, look for them to bring in a guy like Jared Goff or Connor Cook this offseason. As if it wasn’t bad enough, star wideout, Alshon Jeffery is expected to be out this week as well.
A Clausen sighting would be bad for a Bears offense that already may be without star wide receiver Alshon Jeffery. If Cutler can’t suit up, all Bears players have to be downgraded for week three fantasy football leagues. Matt Forte may be the only Bears fantasy option worth rolling the dice on in season long leagues, but paying up for him in daily fantasy football leagues isn’t advised.