Feb 21, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery speaks at a press conference during the 2013 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Draft 2013: Should The Chicago Bears Trade Down With Their First Round Pick?


The 2013 NFL Draft is here. For the Chicago Bears, the team holds five selections for the 2013 NFL Draft. Not included in the Bears’ arsenal of draft picks is a third round draft pick. The Bears have a need at six positions, and with only five draft picks, many have speculated that the Bears could trade out of the first round in order to compile more draft picks including one in the third round. The Bears currently hold the 20th overall selection in the first round of the NFL Draft.

There is benefit for the Bears if the team opted to trade out of the first round. Among the players that the Bears have had pre-draft visits with is Kansas State linebacker Arthur Brown. Brown is projected to be selected in the first round or second round of the draft. Hypothetically speaking, lets suggest that Brown is the player at the top of the Bears’ draft board. If the Bears are on the clock and Brown is still available, the team will have the option of trading down if they feel that Brown will be available in the second round. Or, lets say that Brown is the player that the Bears want but he is off the board by the time the Bears draft in the first round. If that is the case, that likely means that linebacker Alec Ogletree is also off the board. That scenario would also increase the chances of the Bears trading out of the first round.

The Bears have the luxury of being flexible in the NFL Draft. A majority of the players that the Bears visited with during the pre-draft period are first and second round talents. Meaning a bulk of the players that the Bears visited with will likely be available to the team if the Bears were to trade their first round pick and receive an additional second round pick and a third round pick. The key to the NFL Draft is for a team to find impact talent. However, with only five selections, the Bears will have limited opportunity in trying to find impact talent. That is why I expect the Bears to trade out of the first round and acquire more draft picks in the process.

Vote in the poll below on whether or not you think the Bears should trade down with their first round selection and expand upon your vote in the comment section.

Should The Chicago Bears Trade Down In The NFL Draft 2013?

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