Chicago Bears: Bold predictions for the 2019 NFL Draft

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3. Ryan Pace will try and trade up if it means landing an impact player

The aggressive approach that Ryan Pace brings to the table ensures that he’s going to keep every avenue open if it means figuring out a way to improve the Bears. And as Pace has stated multiple times, no price is too high if it means getting a guy who is a game-changing talent.

Since the Bears don’t have a first or second round pick this year, trading up into the second round would mean that the team will likely have to package a 2020 draft pick. Whenever Pace does trade up, he looks for two things.

First, the player that he wants needs to be a guy who’s going to be a part of the roster in the long-term. In other words, players have to be part of the Bears core. Second, the player Pace wants is a guy who’s going to be an instant contributor from the moment he steps on the football field. No matter what position it is, if a draft prospect fits one of those two criteria, odds are that he’s high on the Bears draft board.

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At this point, it seems most likely that the Bears move up in the third round. Even if it isn’t a sizable jump, Pace will take the NFL by surprise and try to get the player that he so desperately wants. Some may say that he’s overthinking things, but every time Pace has traded up, he’s gotten the last laugh.