The Chicago Bears made a couple of trades on Saturday. What was the net result?
What is an NFL draft with a Ryan Pace trade up? Once again, Ryan Pace was wheeling and dealing and on the move on Saturday. Once again, Pace was moving future draft picks. With so many moves, and picks, and all of them coming on Saturday, it can be tough to get your head around what exactly happened.
So, what exactly did Ryan Pace do on Saturday?
The first move was traded a 2021 4th round pick for pick 155, a fifth-round pick in 2020. This can be looked at as lousy value, trading a 4th for a 5th. It is fair that with COVID-19, a 2021 draft may be coming off of no college season, but nonetheless, a big swing for Pace on this pick. They took Trevis Gipson from Tulsa.
The second trade was with the Philadelphia Eagles. He traded pick 196, 200, and 233 for picks 173, and 227. By trading a future pick for an extra pick on Saturday, Pace may have felt comfortable sending three picks for two. He ended up making three picks anyways.
The Bears drafted Darnell Mooney, Lachavious Simmons. The Eagles added Shaun Bradley, Quez Watkins, and Casey Toohill with their picks.
This is where it gets interesting. In our edge preview, we rated Toohill and Gipson in a similar tier. The Bears clearly valued Gipson more, but the Eagles were comfortable waiting for Toohill. On the other side, we have Quez Watkins and Darnell Mooney in the same tier as speed threats who are a bit undersized in our receiver preview. The Bears once again bet big on Mooney, while the Eagles sat back for Watkins.
For being aggressive, the Bears took tackle Lachavious Simmons, who is a project in the NFL, while the Eagles got Shaun Bradley, a depth linebacker who could contribute on special teams. The Bears could have used depth like Bradley.
Overall the Eagles traded back and got similar players to the Bears and did not lose a future fourth round in the process. Toohill vs. Gipson and Mooney vs. Watkins needs to be something that Bears fans watch. If they sat back and took Watkins and Toohill, and kept their 2021 fourth, would they be in better shape? Time will tell.