Chicago Bears: Three teams to trade down with in round one

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2. Cleveland Browns, 26th overall

The Cleveland Browns were a pleasant surprise in 2020, finishing with 11 wins, en route to the franchise’s first playoff appearance since 2002. This offseason, Cleveland returned most of its starting core from 2020 but added names like Safety John Johnson, defensive tackle Malik Jackson, and edge rusher Jadeveon Clowney.

The hope for the Browns is that the team can take the next step in 2021 and compete for a division title and with the 26th overall pick, put the finishing touches on a team that’s ready to compete consistently with quarterback Baker Mayfield leading the way.

Cleveland does have two third-round picks (89th and 91st overall), along with the 59th overall pick in round two, which should make for some fair compensation should the Bears decide to move down six spots on the draft board.

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At 26th overall, cornerback and offensive tackle could be two positions that the Bears could address and get maximum value out of. Some offensive tackles to keep an eye on this spot include Liam Eichenberg (Notre Dame) and Dillion Radunz (North Dakota State University). Cornerbacks include names like Asante Samuel Jr. (Florida State) and Eric Stokes (Georgia).