5 reasons the Chicago Bears were right to trade Khalil Mack

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Trading Khalil Mack gave the Chicago Bears some much-needed draft capital

After the Mack trade was first announced, many fans saw the initial report stating that the Bears only received draft picks in 2023. At first glance, the trade was puzzling.

However, it was later corrected and the Bears were indeed getting a second-round pick in 2022, not 2023. That made the deal make a whole lot more sense, because the Bears don’t have a first or fourth rounder this year.

Now, the Bears own three top-100 picks. They have their own second rounder (no. 39), the Chargers’ second rounder (no. 48) and their third rounder (no. 71).

The possibility of trading one of those second-round picks to move back and acquire a fourth top-100 pick is now a real one. Poles could end up coming away with four top-100 players in this draft class, which would look a whole lot better than what originally was going to happen.

The Bears very well could come away with a combination of immediate impact players like receivers George Pickens, Sky Moore, Christian Watson, Jalen Tolbert or maybe even Chris Olave, if he fell. Plus, throw in an offensive lineman in there along with two of those receivers, and possibly a fourth player if they traded back?

This was a smart deal by Poles. He got younger and is thinking about the long-term success of this team.