NFL Draft Rumors: Bears reportedly 'open for business' in trading No. 9 pick

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As the Chicago Bears prepare to kick off the 2024 NFL Draft on Thursday night, all eyes are on general manager Ryan Poles.

But, the eyes aren't watching with anticipation as to the no. 1 overall pick. We know it's going to be Caleb Williams. The real question is, what will the Bears do with the no. 9 selection?

There are a plethora of options for Chicago, including standing pat and taking someone like wide receiver Rome Odunze out of Washington or Dallas Turner, the pass rusher out of Alabama.

Some rumors even had the Bears willing to trade up for a guy like Malik Nabers or even Marvin Harrison Jr.

But, the latest report from Dianna Russini says the Bears are more willing to trade out of that pick in order to recoup some draft capital.

What could the Bears get in return for dealing the no. 9 overall pick?

A few days ago, Poles told the media that he was open to pretty much all options, even trading up, because of the fact he felt comfortable with where the roster was at.

But, it now appears that a lot of fans are going to get their wish; or, more like, fans could see the most likely scenario play out -- the scenario many of us saw coming when the Bears dropped down to just four picks in this year's draft.

The Rams are one team looking to move into the top 10 as of a recent rumor, so let's say the Bears made a deal with L.A. to move back to no. 19. Based on a draft pick value chart, here's an example of what Chicago could get in return.

Rams Bears trade

This is merely an example, but if the Bears were able to net a second and fifth-round pick while moving back 10 spots, that would be a huge victory. Even at a spot like no. 19, the Bears could still end up with one of a few notable names: Georgia offensive tackle Amarius Mims, Penn State edge rusher Chop Robinson, UCLA edge rusher Laiatu Latu, Florida State edge rusher Jared Verse, or Oklahoma offensive tackle Tyler Guyton.

If Chicago could still land a player like one of those guys above, while adding two more picks to the fold, including a second rounder, Poles should pull the trigger.

Or, maybe they make a smaller move like they did last year, moving back just a spot or two while netting a third or fourth-round pick as well.

In any event, Poles and the Bears are 'open for business.'