Bears Trade Down? It’s a matter of value

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Feb 20, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery speaks during a press conference during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Yesterday the league awarded compensatory picks for the 2014 draft and as expected the Bears did not get any.  In looking at who did, and what teams would be interested in moving up that had held some value, it becomes obvious that the 49’ers would be a likely partner.

Here is why,  the 49’ers hold 11 picks and they have a history of dealing to move up. They want a wide receiver for the future and they covet Brandin Cooks. Yes, this is a deep draft, but being deep doesn’t equate into quality.  The problem for the 49’ers is that there is six quality wide outs and there are six teams ahead of them that want the same thing.

Here is where the Bears step in.  The offer their spot at 14 and take the 49’ers 30th slot. That still leaves the Bears in great position to draft a DT/CB or S.  For value, they could ask for the 49’ers 56th pick in the second round and the 242 pick in the seventh.  This would leave the 49’ers with nine picks and the Bears would go from seven to nine.  One thing to note, the 49’ers can’t trade any of their compensatory picks. They do have three selections in the third round, but if I am Emery, I want that 56th pick.

Either way, Emery can’t lose. He holds pat he gets a great pick at 14. Trades down he adds picks and the 49’ers get their man.  In the end its all about value, its there for the asking with the 49’ers. Will Emery pull the trigger or stand pat? What are your thoughts?