If you have the chance to draft a player you deem to be a franchise quarterback, you have to do it.
If the Chicago Bears have Oregon QB Marcus Mariota available to them at 7, and he's atop their draft board, then you can't fault general manager Ryan Pace for sticking to his best player available philosophy and pulling the trigger on the Heisman trophy winner.
I think if Mariota makes it to 7, the Bears will have to weigh their belief in his potential to be a franchise QB against the potential haul they could get from the Philadelphia Eagles in trade.
A couple weeks ago we talked about the possibility of Mariota being on the board at 7 and the chances of the Bears trading the pick to the Eagles. Philly head coach Chip Kelly has been rumored to be after Mariota ever since he became his own GM.
But what if Ryan Pace stands pat and picks the Heisman Trophy winning QB himself?
In the recent mock draft from the NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah, he has the Bears doing just that.
PICK NO. 7 CHI
MARCUS MARIOTA, QB, OREGON
The Bears have a new general manager and a new coach. Oftentimes, that means a new quarterback is on the way. It's time to rebuild in Chicago.
What better time to grab a franchise QB, than with a brand new regime running the franchise? Sure they committed to Jay Cutler for the 2015 season, but he will be 32 in a month, and moving on from him would be financially easier next off season. Having a number 1 draft pick waiting in the wings would make that transition a bit easier.
Mariota has the dreaded "system quarterback" label hanging over his head, but most scouts feel he has good arm strength, good enough accuracy, he has outstanding athleticism and he has all the intangibles you'd want from the leader of your offense.
If you were GM of the Bears would you take Mariota at 7 overall?