Bears Trade Down? It’s a matter of value

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Aug 24, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Chicago Bears helmets during the second half against the New York Giants at Metlife Stadium. The Bears won the game 20-17 Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Aug 24, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Chicago Bears helmets during the second half against the New York Giants at Metlife Stadium. The Bears won the game 20-17 Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

 

I have two passions in life, writing and football.  The editors here at Bears Goggles On have given me the opportunity to fulfil both of them.  Yes, I’m the new guy. I won’t bore you all with a long winded biography, but let me say football has been my life since I was born. I grew up in a football family and have been around the game most of my life.

I admit, I have not always been a Bears fan. I grew up in Southern California, so as you can imagine, I was a Rams fan. That was back in the day of the Fearsome Foursome, Roman Gabriel and George Allen.  Over my life, I have lived in many places and always stayed true to the Rams until 1995, when they left Tinseltown.

Fortunately, I had moved to Chicago in the early 90′s and through my business I was able to meet the likes of Gayle Sayers, Jeff Fisher, Dave Duerson and Walter Payton.  I felt privileged to have met them and enjoyed the time they afforded me. However, I was still not a fan. I watched the Bears but was rather tepid at best. That all changed when I met Mike Ditka.

I was in Dallas for a client dinner, and my firm arranged to have Da Coach speak to the gathering and have dinner with us.  What impressed me the most about Dikta was his generosity and kindness.  As revered as he is in Chicago, it is the same in Dallas.  He signed autographs willingly, and spoke to each person as if they were the only one in the room.

What sealed my fate as a Bears fan, was at the end of the evening, Mike was leaving for the airport to catch a flight back to Chicago. I too was heading back that night and he graciously offered me a ride in his limo. The ride itself was uneventful he lit up a cigar and asked me questions about my past.  As we boarded the plane, Ditka offered  me to sit with him in First Class. The plane was almost empty so I took full advantage of it.

Over the next two hours, the Coach answered questions about football, talked about Misercordia and his family. I noticed he was wearing his Hall of Fame ring, and I asked him, what was more important, winning the Super Bowl or induction into the Hall of Fame? He never hesitated, it was winning the Super Bowl. It wasn’t about him, as he said, it was the collective goal of 50+ men, executing every week to achieve the pinnacle of their careers. It was about the team.  Right then I became a Bears fan! and have been ever since.

So that is enough about me, let’s get on with the topic at hand.  We all know the Bears hold the 14th spot in the first round. As they say, that is great real estate.  If the Bears did nothing they will get an outstanding pick right there. However, Phil Emery made the comment at  the Combine he would be willing to trade down if the value was there. 

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  • Mike

    Dare to dream. An extra 2nd round pick would be huge but I just don’t see the perfect storm of luck and being in the right place at the right time happening for them. This is one of those times where I really, really, really hope I am wrong though. With 3 picks in the top 60 (4 in the top 80) the Bears could certainly do some damage then.

    • http://beardownnation.blogspot.ca/ John Vassar

      Mike, Bear fan laid out the mathematical logic of achieving that dream. In fact, it would work out with 5 selections in the first 82. Now all is needed is for Emery to convince the 49′ers that it is a great deal for them to trade up. The only other team out there is the Jets, but they are not as far down so what we would get in return would be nominal. Even without trading down, we still have 3 spots in the first 82. Any combination of DT/CB/S we have improved the defense.

  • Bear fan

    I have previously noted that the #14 pick has a value of 1100 pts and the #30 620 pts. The Bears should get the #61 worth 292 pts and the #77 pick as well (205 pts) and include the #183 (18.2 pts). So the Bears trade #1st & 6th rders for #1st, #2nd, & #3rd and end up with 5 of the top 82 picks.

    • http://beardownnation.blogspot.ca/ John Vassar

      I remember reading your post regarding the values for each draft position. Later I stumbled upon the site that has those values. Now we need Emery to convince the 49′ers to buy into your valuations. If they did, then Emery has achieved value for the 14th pick. If the Bears could secure those 5 picks in the first 82 would be huge in rebuilding the team. Thanks for your input and will remember to check that site on values.

    • Chuck Canning

      Or swap the 14th (1,100 pts) with Jets for 18 (900), 80 (190) and 195 (13.4).

  • Chuck Canning

    Enjoyed your Ditka story, John. Remind me sometime to share one about Sayers 6 TD afternoon in the slop.

    • John Vassar

      Thanks Chuck, and would enjoy hearing about it.

  • bobportcharlotte

    How about a trade with the Browns who seem hot for Carr who might not last until their 26th pick. The Bears give them their 14th pick for the Browns 26th and 35th picks. Would that be considered value for value?

    • John Vassar

      bobportcharlotte, That might be too rich for the Browns. Using the value grid, it would be more likely their 26th and 71st and then a pick in 2015 to balance it out. I don’t think Carr will last past Oakland. So that would leave Manziel and Bridgewater floating out there. The word is both are going to fall and it is possible Bridgewater will be there at 35 for the Browns. It will be interesting to see what happens.

      • bobportcharlotte

        If that were the case I would not make that trade. I would keep the 14th pick and draft a kid who has an excellent chance of being a first game starter. Also, I would be very surprised if Manziel fell below the 8th pick. This fear that teams now have regarding the media frenzy that certain players bring to a team amazes me. Recent examples being Tim Tebow and now Johnny Manziel. How is it that was never an issue with guys like Joe Namath, Michael Jordan, etc.? I would think that teams that are seldom mentioned or covered by the national media, especially in a positive way, would seek the spotlight for their team and fans. I am thinking of teams like the Jaguars, Browns, Bills, Cardinals, etc. I really do not understand the reasoning of their front office personnel!

  • Nick Garren

    trading down? yeah and that’s how we end up losing to the pack twice a year. Stay at #14 or package the 14th and a 3rd and try to get Clowney…