Chicago Bears Draft: First-round trades to move back and still land talent

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The Chicago Bears trade out of the first round to move up in third and gain a third

In this scenario, the Chicago Bears abandon the first round altogether. When a team hasn’t had a first-round pick in two years, who needs one now, right? Well, to be honest, I think with the Bears’ current situation, a move like this makes sense. I wanted to gain an extra pick within the first three rounds and after a few calls to other teams, only Dallas was interested.

Moving down 24 spots hurts though and we will see how this plays out now from a talent perspective. I think we might find that somewhere in between the first trade package and this one will make the most sense, but let’s take a look at who is available.

With the 44th pick in the draft, there are still some top-tier names available. These guys are projected to be early second-round or even late, first-round picks. I thought offensive line would be my first choice. It was hard not to take one with the names still available, but I did anyway. Here are the offensive linemen that were still available:

  • Alex Leatherwood, OT – Alabama
  • Samuel Cosmi, OT – Texas
  • Landon Dickerson, C – Alabama
  • Creed Humphrey, C – Oklahoma

If we look at other positions, here are some of the top names still left and the positions they play:

  • Jamar Johnson, S – Indiana
  • Dyami Brown, WR – North Carolina
  • Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR – USC
  • Eric Stokes, CB – Georgia

Seeing that there is a bigger need at corner and more offensive linemen available, I took Eric Stokes with the 44th-overall pick. Then with the Chicago Bears pick at No. 52, I brought in a wide receiver. Amon-Ra St. Brown would easily take over the role that Anthony Miller currently has and was an easy selection for me. With Kellen Mond going five picks sooner (my target pick at 75), I switched gears back to the offensive line.

I had a choice between Brady Christensen, James Hudson or Robert Hainsey. I stuck with the luck of the Irish here and took Hainsey. Then, I went with Jamie Newman with the 99th pick in the draft. To summarize, the Bears ended up with the following players with this trade back.

  • Eric Stokes, CB
  • Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR
  • Robert Hainsey, OT
  • Jamie Newman, QB

Again, proving that you can still get some quality talent by trading back and in this case, the Bears end up with more top-100 players than they would currently. Not to mention, this fills more immediate needs for a team trying to fight for a playoff spot.