The 2013 NFL draft has been criticized for lacking a true franchise quarterback in its pool of prospects. And while players like Geno Smith, Matt Barkley and Tyler Wilson will all challenge for first-round consideration, none of them possess the can't-miss qualities of 2012's Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III.
The Chicago Bears won't be in the early-round quarterback market, nor should they be. But with Jay Cutler entering the final year of his contract, the Bears would be wise to bring in a mid-to-late-round prospect in an effort to catch lightning in a bottle.
As the roster currently stands, Cutler can hold the Bears hostage.
Having a talented young passer behind Cutler will allow the Bears' front office and new coaching staff to evaluate the seven-year pro from a less-than-panicked position.
Cutler is the Bears franchise quarterback. And there's no reason to suggest that he won't be re-signed to a long-term contract and continue on his quest toward bringing a Lombardi Trophy to the Windy City.
But what if he does leave?
The Bears cannot take Cutler, or the quarterback position, for granted. They need to re-sign No. 6 while at the same time building a roster that takes his departure into consideration.
The following are five quarterback prospects that should be available to the Bears between rounds four through six in the 2013 NFL draft.