The NFL Draft is approaching will be approaching soon, so that means a lot of rumors are going to start to heat up the closer we get.
One of the rumors that were going around before the season even ended was that the Bears would be willing to trade the first pick.
It’s no surprise, given the progress QB Justin Fields showed. In pretty much every single mock draft, a QB is going number one, and when you already have a QB, you don’t need one, so you might as well move back and get more assets.
According to Adam Schefter, that’s exactly what the Bears could be planning on doing. He reports that they are leaning towards moving the pick after being approached by multiple teams about it.
The Chicago Bears have been approached by multiple teams about trading the No. 1 pick in this year’s NFL draft, and Chicago is said to be “leaning toward” moving the pick, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The Bears own the top pick in a year when anywhere from eight to 12 teams could be looking to make a switch at quarterback,
Since the AFL/NFL merger in 1967, the No. 1 pick has been traded 12 times before the start of the draft. It last happened in 2016, when the Los Angeles Rams moved from No. 15 to No. 1 two weeks before selecting quarterback Jared Goff out of Cal. It was only the second time in the past 22 years that the No. 1 pick changed hands before the draft (the Atlanta Falcons moved up from No. 2 to draft Michael Vick first overall in 2001).
Bears general manager Ryan Poles has maintained a steady hand in his approach to upgrading the Bears’ roster after the team went 3-14 last season. In January, he reaffirmed his commitment to quarterback Justin Fields, whom the Bears drafted No. 11 overall in 2021, and said he would have to be “blown away” to draft a quarterback prospect in April. Alabama’s Bryce Young is expected to be the first quarterback taken.
This would be the smartest thing to do if they truly believe in Fields.