5 reasons N’Keal Harry trade was smart for Chicago Bears

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4. Cost for Chicago Bears to acquire N’Keal Harry

The Chicago Bears traded for a former first-round pick. Yes, one with a lot of red flags on the field, but also one who is just 24 years old. A 24-year-old first-round pick cost the team a 2024 7th-round pick.  You do not even need to hear much more to realize that is already a win on the surface.

Below is a list of all seventh-round wide receivers drafted since 2019

Bo Melton

Dareke Young

Samori Toure

Mike Strachan

Tre Nixon

Kawaan Baker

Dax Milne

Jauan Jennings

KJ Hill

Tyrie Cleveland

John Ursua

Terry Godwin

Bisi Johnson

Jauan Jennings is the huge hit of the bunch. The rest are mostly unknown, aside from Milne, who appeared in TMZ recently.

Since 2017, here are the players the Pats drafted in the seventh round. Andrew Stueber, Tre Nixon, Dustin Woodard, Ken Webster, Danny Etling, Keion Crossen, and Ryan Izzo. The one player who hits both is Tre Nixon. The reality is that a Tre Nixon type of player is what Chicago will miss out on.

Ryan Poles has done a good job of trading down, and one small drop of a few picks in the fifth round could get him this pick. Again, even if Harry is a bust, getting a UDFA with a profile of Harry is worth shot.