Trade Down! Best Draft Option for Chicago Bears is Trading Down.

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Eight pick in the 2018 NFL draft gives the Bears a ton of flexibility come draft night. Trading down in the first round is the best move for the Chicago Bears.

The Chicago Bears traded up in the 2017 NFL Draft to get their quarterback, Mitchell Trubisky. Now they need to take advantage of other teams needing to trade up to get their man. There are six teams drafting after the Bears who need a quarterback of the future. The Bears have so many holes to fill on their roster, trading down and getting more picks is a must. Lets look at some possible trade partners.

Trade Partners

Miami Dolphins pick 11th overall, with Ryan Tannehill coming back from knee surgery could be in the quarterback market. Trading down to 11th for the Bears allows them to take Calvin Ridley. Taking Ridley at eight is too risky for GM Ryan Pace after the Kevin White debacle. But at 11 with extra picks taking Ridley is worth the risk.

Arizona Cardinals pick 15th overall. This is a no brainer trade for both teams. Arizona desperately needs a QB, and the Bears would have a ton of options at 15. Ridley could still be available, as well as the OT Connor Williams from Texas. Both would fill huge needs for the Bears.

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Buffalo Bills pick 21 and 22. If the Bills QB of the future is still on the board when the Bears pick at 8, the Bears need to ask for those two picks. The Bears trading the number 8 pick for the 21st and 22nd pick would be a home run. With those two picks the Bears could address both sides of the ball. WR Christian Kirk from Texas A&M and Rashaan Evans LB from Alabama would be great fits for the Bears with those two picks.

Minnesota Vikings pick 30th. Doing a deal with the Vikings to move up from 30th to 8th would take a lot of picks or NFL players. If the Vikings don’t get Kirk Cousins they could turn their focus to the draft. For the Bears to do a deal with a division rival they would need to get a kings ransom. The Vikings are in win now mode so they may be willing to give up future first round picks.

The draft is still weeks away and teams will start to address roster needs through Free Agency. But the Bears need to keep all options open. They have a ton of holes that need to be addressed, trading down in the first round is the best way to help fill those holes.