Chicago Bears Mock Draft: Carson Wentz trade changes things

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If the Chicago Bears trade for Carson Wentz, their 2021 NFL Draft outlook changes drastically.

Mitchell Trubisky is officially an afterthought. He’s gone and on to his next team. The Bears would have a former MVP candidate in Wentz who has gone through a trying year or so with the Eagles.

After this past season, Philadelphia fired head coach Doug Pederson and appears ready to move forward with Jalen Hurts under center. Not many local Philadelphia reporters are buying into the fact that Pederson and Wentz were anywhere near the root of the problem, but instead signs point to general manager Howie Roseman.

Either way, it looks as though the Bears could be very close to trading for a guy who threw 81 touchdowns to just 21 interceptions from 2017-2019 and saw only one down year — last season.

If Chicago deals for Wentz, the hope is that they do not overpay. Philadelphia is going to get a first rounder at this point. It looks inevitable. But, if the Bears can afford to not give up an additional first-round pick, that would be much easier to handle as a fan.

If the Bears can come away with some kind of package like the above deal, then this draft changes. The outlook becomes a bit clearer. Being able to keep their second rounder this year and add additional picks gives the Bears flexibility.

Another aspect of a Wentz trade is that it very well could enable the Bears to keep Allen Robinson around and, maybe, make him happy. There’s a world where Robinson is convinced that Wentz can return to the guy he was just a year or so ago, coming off a third strong season in Philadelphia.

If the Bears keep Robinson, even if it’s via the franchise tag, there’s a great chance this offense improves. Not only that, but the Bears do not have to spend big on a receiver in the draft.

Now, moving onto what the draft could look like in the event of a Wentz trade.