3 Bears Who Could Be Traded During the NFL Draft

For the first time in the Ryan Poles era, the Bears roster is at a point where they could trade players for draft capital. Here are three potential players the Bears could move on from during the draft this year.
Dec 24, 2023; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bears running back Khalil Herbert (24) walks off the
Dec 24, 2023; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bears running back Khalil Herbert (24) walks off the / Jamie Sabau-USA TODAY Sports
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2. Dominique Robinson

Another player from the same draft class as Velus Jones is Dominique Robinson. Robison was drafted two rounds later than Jones with the 174th pick in the 2022 draft.

At the University of Miami, Robinson began his career as a quarterback before transitioning to wide receiver to get more playing time. In his senior season, he made the move to defensive end because he fell down the receiving depth chart. After making the move to defensive end, Robinson gathered two sacks in three games during the 2020 COVID season. In 2021, Robinson had four and a half sacks in 15 games to finish his college career off.

While Robinson had the most success playing defensive end in college, the Bears understood that drafting an athlete like him would be a project. He entered the NFL needing lots of development, using his hands to evade blockers and fill run gaps.

During his rookie season, Robinson played a total of 550 snaps in 17 games. With that playing time, he gathered only one and a half sacks and 30 combined tackles. Those aren't earth-shattering stats, but the Bears weren't expecting high-end production out of him as a rookie.

The Bears were hopeful that Robinson could build on his rookie season in 2023. However, he arguably played worse in his second season, only gathering half a sack and 12 combined tackles with 242 snaps in eleven games. While Robinson did have considerably less playing time in 2023, he didn't make the most of it.

If the Bears end up drafting a defensive end at No.9 or after a trade down, then Robinson's time in Chicago could be coming to an end. With all the development Robinson still needs, it is hard to see him going for more than a sixth-round pick.