This trade-up scenario seems too obvious for the Chicago Bears

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The Chicago Bears are sitting at ninth overall in the 2023 NFL draft. After they select Caleb Williams first, the question is whether or not they sit at nine and take the next best player, trade up for a bigger name, or trade back, knowing they only have four picks this year. 

There is a strong argument to be made for them to trade up, especially if the top four or five picks end up quarterback-heavy. While this may cause one of Marvin Harrison Jr. or Malik Nabers to fall, it also sets up a pretty perfect scenario for Rome Odunze to land with the Chicago Bears. 

The Chicago Bears should trade up for Rome Odunze in the 2024 NFL draft

Let’s just say that the first six picks are quarterbacks, Harrison, and Nabers. That leaves the Tennessee Titans at seven, the Atlanta Falcons at eight, and then Chicago. This is not far to jump, and Odunze should be the top option on the board. 

Tennessee signed Calvin Ridley, they have DeAndre Hopkins, and they still have faith in Treylon Burks. They are staring at the top tackle on the board, but when you look at the Atlanta Falcons and their needs, it is hard to see them going tackle. Tennessee could jump back two spots, get compensation from the Bears, and take the guy that they wanted to take at seven. 

The Bears would be giving something up, but to only move two spots would not crush them. They do not land Harrison or Nabers, but a lot of people would have Odunze right there, and he is a perfect skill set fit next to D.J. Moore and Keenan Allen. 

This may be the perfect combination of cost, fit, need, and a realistic outcome for the top seven picks. Do the Bears pull off this trade?