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Bears send their maximum allotment of personnel to Alabama’s pro day

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It’s no surprise that the Chicago Bears would send three representatives to Alabama’s pro day, which is the maximum number teams can send this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

But two of the three reps the Bears sent have a distinct expertise, so I’ll give you three guesses as to whom offensive coordinator Bill Lazor and passing game coordinator/QB coach John DeFilippo were there to get a close look at.

Yeah, I didn’t need three guesses either.

Sure the Bears just signed quarterback Andy Dalton, but he’s not the long term solution at the position, so there’s no doubt that Lazor and Flip had their eyes on Mac Jones.

The cerebral Jones has a decent chance to go in the first round of the NFL Draft, but most pundits have him as the fifth QB on their boards. As coaches and scouts start to meet with him — and get him on the virtual chalkboard — his stock could very well rise.

I’ve seen some analysts have Jones going in the top ten while others have him falling into the second round, but with the NFL being so starved for quality QB play, I don’t see him falling past the 32nd overall selection. If there’s a team that covets him, they’ll likely jump back into the first round to get him to ensure they have him with a fifth-year option.

Jones’ athleticism has been questioned, but he ran his forty times in the 4.8 range, which is similar to recent first round picks Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold, and Patrick Mahomes.

You can check out Jones’ entire throwing workout from today at YouTube right here.

Area scout Sam Summerville was the third rep down in Alabama, so while Jones was certainly a priority, I’d venture to guess Summerville spent plenty of time checking out the abundance of prospects the Crimson Tide have to offer.

Offensive lineman Alex LEatherwood turned some heads today with his athletic testing, and could be in play for the Bears in the second round.

Jacob Infante, our lead draft analyst, has nine ‘Bama players on his last top 100 prospect list, so there’s plenty of players the Bears were down there scouting.