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REPORT: Bears Coach and Executive Scout Ian Book at Notre Dame Pro Day

The Bears reportedly were in attendance at Notre Dame’s pro day to scout quarterback Ian Book.

Ian Book NFL Draft

According to recent reports, a member of the Chicago Bears coaching staff and a personnel executive attended Notre Dame’s pro day yesterday. The Bears’ representation at the event comes as no surprise considering Notre Dame usually sends a few players to the NFL Draft every year. That list includes the Bears’ 2020 first-rounder pick, Cole Kmet.

But the surprising part of the report is that the Bears had several discussions with Ian Book.

Book is coming off a stellar season in which he posted the best stats of his four-year career at Notre Dame. He led the Irish to the College Football Playoff, where they ultimately lost to Alabama. Book currently ranks as the ninth quarterback available in this year’s draft class, according to NFL Draft Bible.

Passing Table
Year School Conf Class Pos G Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A AY/A TD Int Rate
*2017Notre DameIndSOQB10467561.34566.14.744119.3
*2018Notre DameIndJRQB1021431468.226288.48.6197154.0
*2019Notre DameIndSRQB1324039960.230347.68.6346149.1
*2020Notre DameACCSRQB1222835364.628308.08.5153144.3
CareerNotre Dame728114163.889487.88.37220147.0
Provided by CFB at Sports Reference: View Original Table
Generated 4/1/2021.

This report also comes days after the Bears attended Alabama QB Mac Jones’s pro day. Even after signing Andy Dalton, those around the league believe the Bears will still select a quarterback in the draft. But which pick would they spend on a signal-caller? That question is the biggest unknown right now.

The Bears still have other positions to fill that may be addressed in the first few rounds. Book may be a better option in the later rounds if the Bears elect to go that route.

To find more about what the Bears should do with pick #20 and where certain players will land, be sure to check out the latest episode of Bears On Tap. For a deeper dive on Notre Dame’s other draft prospects, head over to the Irish On Tap page. Several On Tap Sports Net contributors are also in the midst of a mock draft series, where we provide predictions and analysis on where the top draft prospects could land.

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