Trade Number 1: The Chicago Bears deal the number 1 pick to Indianapolis
The first deal the Bears could make is with a team that some Bears fans jokingly thought Poles had struck a deal with prior to Week 18. The Indianapolis Colts were partially responsible for the Bears getting into this position, but it’s ultimately in Indy’s best interest if we’re being honest.
Should the Texans have clinched the first pick, Indianapolis would likely have to deal with Bryce Young for the next decade or more. Instead, the Colts now have a legitimate shot at being the team who ends up with Young. Moving up from number four, the Colts would give up a good amount for a generational talent.
In this first deal, the Bears would move from no. 1 down to no. 4 in the draft. This would allow them to likely come away with someone like Northwestern offensive tackle Peter Skoronski with the fourth pick, and still bring in a couple more stout players in the coming rounds.
Indianapolis also gives up their second and third rounder this year, along with a first-round pick in 2024. Moving up just three picks, the Colts still give up quite a bit. Many people will want to talk about a deal like the Rams made to move up and draft Jared Goff once upon a time, but remember where they came from — pick no. 15. The Colts are just three picks behind the Bears, so let’s temper our expectations by comparison.