Ryan Poles switches things up and trades down from nine rather than using a selection with the team's own pick. I had a hard time not taking Olu Fashanu at this pick as he is my OT2 in this draft behind Joe Alt. Fashanu has elite traits and I'm not opposed to adding either Alt or Fashanu to the roster even though Braxton Jones has played extremely well over his first two seasons. When you can add an elite LT to your roster though, you do it. Look at how well Laremy Tunsil did against Myles Garrett in the post-season this year. Braxton Jones can become an elite swing tackle.
The Chicago Bears make a trade with the Colts:
Remember, the Chicago Bears sent their second-round pick in 2024 to the Commanders for defensive end Montez Sweat. Based on Sweat's performance in both a Commanders and Bears uniform, I'd say that trade was well worth it. By moving down from 9 to 15, Ryan Poles was able to recoup a second-round pick within the top 50.
Not bad seeing who was still left on the draft board. The decision to move down seemed to pay off too as one of the better edge rushers was available for Poles to add to the defensive line rotation and pair with Montez Sweat. If defensive tackle Gervon Dexter continues his development and ascension, this pass-rushing unit should be much better in 2024.