Chicago Bears: 3 trades with the Falcons to move up to draft a quarterback

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Akiem Hicks is once again out the door in this Chicago Bears trade scenario

The Chicago Bears wanted to trade Akiem Hicks to the Seattle Seahawks in the rumored trade offer for Russell Wilson. The team held onto him, but sending him to Atlanta in order to move up to the fourth-overall pick in the draft could ensure that the Chicago Bears keep their 2023 first-round pick.

Hicks has dealt with some injuries the last two years, but he is fully healthy and would make that front line very, very good, if not elite. Right now the Falcons have Grady Jarett and Dante Fowler, Jr. as the two best defensive linemen. The Falcons run a 4-3 front as opposed to the 3-4 front the Chicago Bears usually use. That shouldn’t matter though as Akiem Hicks has the versatility and experience to play in both defensive schemes.

In this scenario, the Falcons would still receive a future first-round pick, along with a future second-round pick. In this scenario, the Falcons would also see these players as soon as next year as opposed to having to wait until 2023 like in the first scenario. Akiem Hicks would essentially take the place of the future third-round pick.

I think this scenario would be intriguing to the Falcons who have a win-now type of roster on offense and some solid pieces on defense. Adding Hicks to that defense would instantly improve it to the point that they should compete with the NFC South and fight for a playoff spot.