Bears Trade Up Opportunities
Players are falling, and Ryan Pace notices. With the first round finished, the Bears are that much closer to that 87th selection, but will Pace wait? There are two situations worth trading up for, that won't come at a cost...
The Colts traded out of the first round and picked up Washington's second-round pick in 2020 and the upcoming #46 selection. The Colts acquired the #34 pick from the Jets last year, and they also have that #46 pick, and the #59 pick, a total of 3 in the second round. If Juan Thornhill were to fall, the Bears should be able to trade one of their 2020 second rounders and this years fourth round pick for the #46 pick. It's a fair deal, the Colts trade a late first round pick and get two second round picks and a fourth in exchange. The Bears would get an absolute stud and the Yin to Eddie Jackson's Yang. Thornhill is a former corner with excellent ball skills and would make the defensive backfield that much more devastating for the opposition. That is if he falls that far.
There have been 32 players selected, and only the two corn-fed Iowa tight ends have been drafted. Two tight ends from the same team have never been drafted in the first round together, kudos to the Iowa coaching staff. Having said that three to four tight ends should have been drafted in the first round. The Pittsburg Steelers have picks #66 and #83. Jace Sternberger could slide and if he falls to pick #66, the Bears should trade up. They could get the deal done for next years true second round pick and he would be a perfect addition to the Bears. Also if the Bears make a run in the playoffs, they would give up a #52 to #64 pick next year for this years #66 pick, retaining pick #87. Sternberger runs routes like a receiver and catches like one to boot. He can play the Y position but will need to work on his in-line blocking. The bears running two tight end sets with Burton and Sternberger would create mismatches and easy completions that move the chains.
Pace always says we draft the best player available. If these players were to fall to these spots, they would comfortably sit atop the talent pool. The Bears are almost on the clock.