Option 2: The Chicago Bears trade back with the Detroit Lions
If the draft happened tomorrow, the third overall pick would belong to the Detroit Lions. If that’s the case, then Detroit should absolutely be in the running for a quarterback. While veteran Jared Goff has been fine in spurts this year, he’s also not the long-term plan. And, with a draft class featuring the likes of C.J. Stroud and Bryce Young, Detroit can’t pass up this opportunity.
With that said, to move up just one spot, here’s what Poles should ask for.
The Bears would move back just one spot, and assuming Young and Stroud go first and second, they end up with Anderson in their lap just as they would have, had they stayed at two.
Not only do they get Anderson, but the Bears gain three additional picks — two of which they get to use in this draft. At that point, the Bears have the luxury of going best player available the rest of the way, knowing very well that a receiver should end up being one of those guys in the first three rounds.
Getting the flat-out anchor of their defense in Anderson, plus additional picks, sets up the Bears for maybe their best draft in a decade.