3. The Chicago Bears trade the number 1 pick for the largest possible draft haul
Finally, the Bears could opt to not go the route of building a package around a player like Crosby or Adams and instead ask for the largest possible draft haul they could get for this pick.
To begin with, the Bears once again move down to pick no. 7 this year. Additionally this year, the Raiders give up their second rounder (no. 39), a third rounder (no. 70) and a sixth rounder (no. 202). That’s four picks the Bears would receive in the 2023 NFL Draft, and that’s only the start.
From there, the Raiders would give up a first, second and third-round pick in the 2024 draft along with a first-round pick in the 2025 draft.
To recap, that’s: Three firsts, two seconds, two thirds and a sixth.
If Ryan Poles were to hit a home run or two with some of these picks, plus make the rest of those picks count, the Bears could be looking at a Championship-contending roster within the next couple of seasons.
Just this year alone, think of the possibilities. Chicago could wind up with someone like Peter Skoronski or Jaxon Smith-Njigba in the first round, and then have the luxury of going defensive line in the second round, plus addressing one of the unaddressed areas with their other second rounder. They’d have so much capital at that point, that who knows? Maybe Poles trades down again early on.
Regardless, this would be quite the haul for the first overall pick.