Chicago Bears mock draft 5.0: Trade opens things up

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With the trade of the top pick of the NFL draft being dealt last week, the Chicago Bears find themselves with a lot more options than they had before. Players they thought they were not in line for may be available.

Just when you thought everything that could be said about the 2016 NFL Draft was said, we get something big to keep the conversation going.

Last week, the Tennessee Titans traded the top pick of this month’s draft to the Los Angeles Rams.

This move shook things up quite a bit.

The Rams are almost certain to pick a quarterback, which means the top two picks will probably be quarterbacks, since the Cleveland Browns at two are in an endless need at quarterback (RG III will only be a bridge to the eventual franchise quarterback).

Then there are the Dallas Cowboys and the San Francisco 49ers who could look for a quarterback as well. I believe one of them will take a signal caller.

So, you are looking at possibly having Carson Wentz, Jared Goff and Paxton Lynch, the quarterbacks most view as the top three, getting picked in the top seven.

If that happens, it opens things wide for the Chicago Bears.

There would be some players they thought would be off the board available so the need to reevaluate the board is on.

Also, some teams may feel that a player they want may go to another team they did not think would take him. The front office may want to move up to eleven to secure that player.

Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Pace said at the NFL Combine that he loves having draft picks. “It’s awesome. Last year we only had six [picks]. So now we have some flexibility to move around within the draft, not just acquire more players but possibly move up or move back,” Pace said. “It just gives us more flexibility in the draft and that’s exciting.”

The trade made things even more interesting for the Chicago Bears. Let’s take a look at our latest four-round mock draft:

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