1.09: Jared Verse, DE - Florida State
In the first trade, the Bears acquired the No. 3 overall pick and the No. 34 overall pick. The Saints then offered the house, thus allowing Ryan Poles to parlay the No. 1 overall draft selection into:
- 14th overall
- 34th overall
- 45th overall
- 176th overall
- 2025 1st round pick
Truthfully, Ryan Poles could probably get more, but those trades followed the draft value trade chart. The trades could net more draft capital if I had the Chicago Bears draft day trade chart. If the Chicago Bears dropped to the 14th overall selection right away, the amount the Saints would have to pay to get to the #1 overall selection would be double what the Chicago Bears got back for the double trade down.
The Chicago Bears would draft the player I thought they would end up with last year had he come out in Jared Verse. Laiatu Latu fell to the #16th overall selection, and Dallas Tuner to the #18th overall pick. This made me feel good that the Bears likely got the best edge rusher prospect in this draft class. The Bears would continue to add to the trenches and grab someone who should be in the rotation early.
Is there a difference in the playstyle between Montez Sweat and Verse? Not really. But both players would be great edge defenders with a solid pocket push. The Chicago Bears wouldn't be bending the edges but breaking them with these two.