Lastly, the Chicago Bears part with a defensive cornerstone
In the 2020 draft, the Lions selected whom they believe to be their shut-down cornerback of the future in Ohio State’s Jeff Okudah. His rookie campaign was a little rough, but all signs still point to a strong development for the top defensive back in last year’s draft.
Still, the Lions are hurting in the secondary — literally. Last season, they were banged up what seemed like all season long. Not only is depth an issue, but concrete starters. If Okudah is going to take a little time to break out, maybe they get Chicago to part with lockdown cornerback Kyle Fuller.
On the bright side of this deal, the Bears shed some salary in trading Fuller, which they would need to do anyway in acquiring Stafford. Another positive is the fact that the Bears only give up one pick — that no. 20 selection this year.
Going into the rest of draft weekend, they still have selections in the second and third rounds — and all draft capital for 2022, for now.
Fuller’s departure would be hard to endure for many fans, but in all honesty, landing a top-12 quarterback will be well-worth almost any price. When the Bears start putting up points and yards like fans have not seen in recent years, the price of Fuller and a first will be ancient history.