After months of speculation and speculation, we finally have a confirmation from the team that the two running backs from Baylor’s 2017 class will be joining the Bears in 2017.
Both Allen and Robinson will join the Bears at quarterback and wide receiver, respectively, and will be competing to fill the void left by Deondre Francois.
In other words, this is a good thing.
The Bears had been rumored to be considering a QB or RB combination in the first round, but this news gives them a real shot at a franchise QB.
This is a big deal, because the Bears will be able to go to the next round without having to worry about either the QB or running back being available for the Bears’ first round game.
The only real question is if they will choose between Robinson and Allen.
With the running backs joining the team, they could very well end up going into the second round, which would be a big loss for the team in terms of a draft class.
The two running back combination will allow the Bears to go into the first and second rounds with a better chance of having a top-tier quarterback than if they went to the second.
The 2017 class is not just a bad one for the Baylor program, but also a bad class for NFL teams.
There were questions about the state of the running back position coming out of 2017.
The team was underwhelmed by running back Isaiah Ford, who committed to Michigan State earlier in the year, and could not get the kind of production that the Bears expected from him.
In the end, the team decided to commit to Michigan RB Derrick Henry and then move on to the top of the draft.
There was a lot of hype surrounding Henry and the running game that was in flux at the time, and the Bears may not have been as focused on him in 2017 as they were in 2018.
But with a QB who was more than just an afterthought at the position, the Bears could have had a top tier QB in 2017 and 2018.
The running back class in 2018 was a mess.
There are no guarantees with the 2017 class.
With a QB and a running back who are competing for the same starting spot, it is hard to predict which players will get drafted and which will not.
But the team could still make a strong case for getting an NFL franchise quarterback.
With an experienced QB and two runningbacks who could compete for the starting job, the 2017 season could have been one of the worst in the history of the Bears.
And with a solid quarterback, they might have made a lot more noise in the 2018 draft.