1. New York Jets, 23rd overall
With 10 total draft picks, five of which fall in the first three rounds, the New York Jets should be open for business. The expectation is that New York takes quarterback Zach Wilson at second overall and then an offensive player to build around Wilson at 23rd overall.
Luckily for the Bears, the 20th overall pick should be a sweet spot to land an offensive tackle or wide receiver. That’s where the Jets come into the picture. Jets General Manager Joe Douglas could very well decide that a wide receiver like Terrace Marshall Jr. (LSU) is worth drafting, giving Wilson a new weapon to work with on day one.
In return, the Bears could move down just three spots on the draft board and not lose out on any major players. Chicago could also ask for the Jets second-round pick (34th overall) in return and one of the Jets third-round pick in return as well, either 66th or 86th overall.
Trading with the Jets puts the Bears in a position to acquire extra draft capital to address needs like the offensive line, wide receiver, and depth across the roster, especially at key positions like tight end and linebacker.