It has taken a few days for some fans to get over, but the Chicago Bears are moving past yet another loss to the Green Bay Packers.
Now, they enter their bye week with a record of 3-9 and are locked into the second overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft behind the Houston Texans at number one.
While there is a portion of fans that do not like to celebrate losses in a way that looks forward to the draft, there is certainly bliss in zeroing in on the future of this franchise rather than sulking in the current state of losses.
The 2023 draft class is going to be a pivotal one for the Bears and Ryan Poles, who will be in his second year as general manager. But, most would agree that if the Bears end up with that second overall pick, there’s no way they should stay there.
The Chicago Bears will have plenty of buyers for the second overall pick, but some sneaky options may present themselves.
There are some obvious teams in the upper half of the draft who would want to trade up with the Bears to snag that second overall pick. Teams like the Las Vegas Raiders (currently the 12th pick), the Carolina Panthers (currently the 6th pick) and Detroit Lions (currently the 4th pick by way of the Rams) come to mind.
Maybe, even the Atlanta Falcons at number 10 would make a move.
But, if you look at some other teams out there, the Bears should have a wide array of trade partners; even some you may not expect to be active at first.
Right now, there are three teams that the Bears could trade with which may not be at the top of everyone’s guess list.