The Chicago Bears stayed put and didn’t move up to the first round of the NFL Draft. In order to have a successful draft, they need to trade one or both of their second-round picks down to acquire more picks.
Well, the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft is in the books and it was a successful one for the Chicago Bears. Yes, I know they didn’t pick in the round but that was a good thing. Just before the start of the draft, there were several reports that the Bears might trade their two second-round picks to get into the first round.
Had they done that, it would be an incredibly bad move. The Bears have seven picks in the draft. Of those picks, they had none in the first, third, or fourth rounds. After the end of the first round, a lot of promising prospects fell. The Bears’ picks, #43 and #50, are huge picks. Teams looking for impact players can find them there.
If those picks are so great, why advocate for the Bears to trade them? Well, because the Bears could still find impact players in the third and fourth rounds as well. This is a draft loaded with wide receivers and you can definitely find a good receiver in the middle, or even late in the draft.
The Bears could decide to keep one of their picks and trade the other. If they give the starting quarterback job to Nick Foles and trade Mitch Trubisky, they could go after Jalen Hurts to sit and eventually take over down the road. I wrote a draft profile on him for just that situation
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The Bears have a need at safety with Ha Ha Clinton-Dix leaving via free agency. Prospects like Xavier McKinney, Antoine Winfield Jr., Grant Delpit, and Jeremy Chinn are still available. Any of those players can step in and start.
It is important for the Bears to get into the third, fourth, or both rounds. The way things are stacking up, many of their targets can be had there. A number of players expected to go in the first round weren’t picked yet. Because of that, they’ll go in the second, dropping other players.
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For example, look at running back. Only one running back went in the first round, and it happened with the final pick. As a result, many draft experts expect five to six running backs taken in the second round. A team looking for a running back is sure to call Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Pace.
Pace likely fell asleep during the first round. That was a good thing. Tonight, however, he needs to be wide awake and ready to wheel and deal so he turns the Bears’ fortune around and the team gets back into the playoffs.