The 2021 NFL Draft is at the end of April, and as of now, the Chicago Bears’ first selection will be the 20th overall pick. However, it seems a divisional rival may be willing to help the Bears change that. According to a Bleacher Report article from Tyler Conway, the Detroit Lions are open to moving down from the seventh overall pick.
It’s not totally uncommon for division rivals to trade with one another, but it’s not a normal thing either. In fact, the Bears and Lions have no trade history between the two franchises, according to an article from NBC Sports Chicago.
That being said, these two teams are in a unique spot. The Bears are desperate to find a long-term solution at quarterback, and the Lions are looking at a potential roster overhaul. The Bears were in on a Matthew Stafford trade earlier this offseason, so maybe the two teams can find a way to reconnect.
Of course, trading up 13 spots this year won’t be easy, especially after the San Franciso 49ers made this move.
Moving up with the Lions may cost an arm and a leg, but Ryan Pace is a man who’s willing to spend his assets. With the potential of Justin Fields or Trey Lance wearing the navy and orange, the Bears could afford to empty the farm with the Lions. We’ll take a look at three trades the Bears could offer to obtain the seventh overall pick.