Chicago Bears: Three teams and trade packages to gain a fourth-rounder

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Back in the 2020 NFL Draft, Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Pace sent a 2021 fourth-round pick to the Minnesota Vikings to select edge rusher, Trevis Gipson, in the fifth round.

It seems like the need for a fourth-round pick isn’t super vital, but there’s a bit of reasoning as to why the team should be looking into trading back or up into that round.

For one thing, Pace has had incredible success in the fourth round. Players such as Eddie Jackson and Tarik Cohen are the big winners there. He’s also managed to find good value in terms of depth pieces in players such as Deon Bush or Nick Kwiatkoski.

The other thing is that the Bears’ gap between their third and fifth-round selections is very drastic. There’s a lot of good talent the Bears could find in this space, and in a year where it’s make-or-break for Pace and Matt Nagy, finding every best player available is important. The Bears could see if any of their current rostered players fledge a fourth-round pick, but it seems rather unlikely at this point.

With four sixth-round picks this year, Pace has a little draft ammo to move around during these Day 3 rounds. It would allow him to avoid mortgaging too much future draft capital and finding value in each of these selections. Pace can be a bit aggressive and not totally go overboard as a result of the compensatory picks the team has under their belt.

We’ll take a look at three potential teams that the Bears could trade with to get into the fourth round, as well as give a few mock trades as to how it could work on draft day. These trades will be simulated via Pro Football Focus.