Is it April yet? The 2023 NFL Draft is one of the most highly-anticipated drafts in history for the Chicago Bears, and we could see a ton of movement prior to Chicago actually making a selection.
With what we already know, we understand there could be a Battle Royale for the Bears’ no. 1 pick between the Houston Texans and Indianapolis Colts. Colts general manager Chris Ballard went on record saying he’d do “whatever it takes” to get the pick, while the Texans are rumored to want to prevent that from happening.
This could not be going any better for the Bears. Ryan Poles‘ phone is going to be blowing up, and may the highest bidder win.
In the end, though, it’s very possible for the Bears to trade down twice in the first round. It’s rarely done, but Chicago could very well see a scenario where that happens. Let’s take a look at what that perfect scenario would be.
The Chicago Bears could execute a double trade-down in the 2023 NFL Draft
When it’s all said and done, the Texans could outbid the Colts for that no. 1 pick. It would be a hefty price to pay in order to move up just one spot, but you have to remember that they do not want the Colts ending up being able to draft Alabama quarterback Bryce Young.
The Texans overpay to move up just a single spot, but they are able to land Young, which is what matters in the end.
From there, the Colts could be looking at Ohio State quarterback CJ Stroud or Kentucky’s Will Levis as “their guy,” but don’t want to risk a team taking him (or moving up to select him) at three or four. At this stage, the Colts are desperate. So, the Bears win big yet again, moving back a couple of spots and netting an enormous haul of draft capital.
The Bears trade back a total of just three spots, but they are able to net two extra first-round picks, two second-round picks, a third-round pick, two sixth-round picks, and a seventh rounder.
After giving up just a fifth to the Colts, that’s an additional seven picks for the Bears, with five of them coming in the top three rounds.
Just imagine the possibilities for the Bears, not only this year, but next year. This year, they could address some huge needs like the offensive and defensive line. Next year, they’d have three first rounders to work with and very well may end up with a guy like Marvin Harrison Jr. if they did everything they could to land him.
Once again, is it April yet?