Trading back allows a team to stock up on more draft picks so they can draft more talent. For a Chicago Bears team with limited draft capital, this move seems like a logical one. The team has two appealing second-round selections that they can definitely utilize to get more draft capital.
In this scenario, the Bears send their first second-round pick to the New England Patriots. The Patriots are quarterback hunting, so they will likely use this pick on someone like Jordan Love. They also have three third-round selections. In exchange, the Bears receive two third-round selections: picks #87 and #98.
The team also sends their 50th overall pick to the Baltimore Ravens, who are in win-now mode and need the best player available on Day 2. In exchange, the Bears get pick #59 in the second round and the Ravens fourth-round selection (#129).
As a result of these trading back moves, the Bears now have these 2020 picks:
- Round 2, Pick #59
- Round 3, Pick #87
- Round 3, Pick #98
- Round 4, Pick #133
- Round 5, Pick #164
- Round 6, Pick #197
- Round 6, Pick #201
- Round 7, Pick #227
- Round 7, Pick #234
No. 59: Lucas Niang | Offensive Tackle | TCU
If it weren’t for hip surgery, Niang would be a first-round pick. He’s dominant in the run game. Likewise, in his final season at TCU, he didn’t allow a single sack. He would be a great fit at either guard or tackle for the Bears.
No. 87: Terrell Lewis | Outside Linebacker | Alabama
The team needs depth behind Khalil Mack and Robert Quinn so that this pass rush to be successful. Lewis is another guy who had his production go down due to injuries. Still, he put up impressive numbers when he did play. The last injured Alabama player to be drafted by the Bears? Eddie Jackson.
No. 98: Davon Hamilton | Defensive Tackle | Ohio State
Bears lost Nick Williams, a key rotational guy, to free agency. Both Akeim Hicks and Bilal Nichols were injured in 2019. Stocking up on defensive linemen will be vital for the team’s pass rushers to succeed, so Hamilton would be a solid pick up. He’s is an athletic lineman who’s uphill speed will be a vital addition.
No. 133: Reggie Robinson II | Cornerback | Tulsa
A big cornerback, Robinson and the Bears have met digitally during this draft process. His size and length offer up promise. He’s a project player that can compete for the starting gig or contribute on special teams.
No. 164: Antoine Brooks Jr | Safety | Maryland
Brooks Jr. is a big strong safety prospect who will absolutely stuff the run game. He gives off Adrian Amos vibes: hard-hitting, inside box safety who will let Eddie Jackson roam free. Brooks was a former linebacker changed safety, so he offers versatility.
No. 197: K.J. Hill | Wide Receiver | Ohio State
Hill joins fellow Buckeye Hamilton to help bring another weapon to the Bears offense. He was a touchdown machine, with ten last season. The Bears grab a speedster who can spread out defenses late here. This draft is loaded with talent at receiver, so it’s likely Hill will drop late.
No. 201: Cameron Clark | Interior Offensive Line | Charlotte
Clark turned heads when he held his own against college’s best football team Clemson. He’s got potential to be a solid guard prospect due to his strong upper body and long arms and frame. Ryan Pace loves his small school prospects, so by picking Clark he gets one that’s a bruiser.
No. 227: Cole McDonald | Quarterback | Hawaii
There’s not much left to say on McDonald that can’t be found here. The team should look for a young quarterback late due to the current situation they have at the position. As a result, the Bears get a dual-threat players with raw talent and lots of upside. McDonald would probably be on the practice squad for a year so he can develop.
No. 234: Krys Barnes | Inside linebacker | UCLA
Barnes rounds the final pick to help bring more depth in. The team lost two starters to injuries last year. Both their backups signed to new teams, so more guys are needed. Barnes was a solid contributor for UCLA and can help bolster this group.
Trading back allows the Bears to fill multiple holes for the defense, while also finding a starting-caliber lineman. By trading back, the team makes seven picks into nine and still get a quality player in Round 2. Above all, they find nine guys who can help them compete for the NFC North in 2020.
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