This NFL offseason can be best summarized by one word: wild. Throughout all of the contracts and trades, even the Chicago Bears got in on the craziness when they dealt Khalil Mack.
Now, that’s not necessarily the type of notable move that got Bears fans excited, but it was necessary. It was necessary for first-year general manager Ryan Poles to start building this thing from the ground on up.
Now, as the 2022 NFL Draft inches closer — just days away at this point — the Bears very well could wheel and deal again. Only this time, most would assume that instead of trading up like they did to draft Justin Fields, Poles would ideally trade back and acquire additional draft capital.
Trading back with one of their second-rounders makes a lot of sense if the Bears want to stack some picks. But, could Poles surprise us?
Do not rule out a trade-up situation for the Chicago Bears in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft
With only six picks in the draft, it would have to be a great situation for the Bears to move up. It would have to mean that there is the possibility to find a game-changing player for this Bears team to give up limited capital.
With some big-time needs at wide receiver and offensive line, specifically, we could see some significant names fall a bit and that might attract the attention of Poles and his war room.
Fans want to see Poles surround Fields with talent and protection, but free agency has done very little to address those concerns. It could all change on Thursday night, should one or two particular names fall a little bit.
If the Bears were to trade up into Round 1, one of these three scenarios would make a whole lot of sense.