If you are on social media, I am sure you have seen some off-the-wall trade scenarios presented by fans. Hell, even I came up with some crazy trades that were highly unlikely to ever happen. Now, it is time to start being more realistic when it comes to potential draft trades that could be presented to Ryan Poles and the Chicago Bears this offseason. With the first-overall pick, the Bears hold all of the cards. Now, it’s a matter of finding the right price from the right trade partner.
If you are using a 2023 mock draft simulator that allows you to make trades, please be aware that these simulators seem highly flawed. This one is easily my favorite:
As you can see, these are highly flawed. Plus, many of them allow you to just force the trade to make it happen. Doing these trades is fun and all, but highly unrealistic. To help set the story straight, I decided to look at what the Chicago Bears could realistically net in return for the first-overall pick. Now, these will all be starting points. That needs to be clear. If two or more teams start to fight over the pick, it could cause the value to increase.
The Chicago Bears should have multiple options to trade down in 2023 NFL Draft
This is especially true of the Indianapolis Colts and Houston Texans. The Texans sit at two and the Colts sit at four. These two are in the same division and if they have their sights set on one of the quarterbacks, could force a bidding war to make sure they are able to select the guy they truly want. If one is content with taking whoever falls, then the value of the first-overall pick will fall drastically.
With quarterback being the main reason that a team would trade up to first-overall, those will be the picks/teams that I focus on with this exercise. I will also consider other teams within the top 10 that may want to trade up for the likes of Will Anderson — arguably the best player in the 2023 draft class.