3 Trades the Commanders Could Offer for Bears' No. 1 Pick

The Chicago Bears might decide to stick with Justin Fields at quarterback and leverage the No. 1 pick for more draft picks.

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What the Chicago Bears will do at quarterback continues to be a daily discussion among the fanbase. Now that the NFL Draft Combine is beginning, it is also a national media topic.

The Bears own the No. 1 overall pick in the draft and that gives them a chance to take USC quarterback Caleb Williams. He is considered a generational talent.

On the flip side, the Bears could stick with Justin Fields at quarterback. He did not develop as a pocket passer like the team hoped he would have by now. He did show promise down the stretch that he can still be a good quarterback. Maybe new offensive coordinator Shane Waldron and more offensive pieces around Fields are all he needs to finally reach his MVP potential.

The benefits of having that rookie contract to go along with a quicker release and a better pocket presence, though, might be too good for general manager Ryan Poles to pass up. Plus, Fields still has trade value for the Bears to get something good in terms of draft compensation back in a deal.

At the same time, the defense emerged at the end of the season as one of the best in the league. it just needs that second edge-rushing threat to team up with Montez Sweat. The offense needs a center and a couple of wide receivers. If Poles achieves those upgrades, this could be a playoff contender. The problem is a rookie quarterback still finding his way in the NFL could hamper those hopes.

That is one reason the Bears could stick with Justin Fields and trade the No. 1 overall pick for the second year in a row. In fact, longtime NFL insider Peter King suggested that in his column on Monday.

What could those trade packages look like?

King speculated the Bears could get three picks back from the Commanders. There are other places out there that project the Bears getting more from Washington.

If you run the Pro Football Network mock draft simulator, you will always get this offer from the Commanders...

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That would be a great haul of picks as it would give the Chicago Bears six picks in the top 75. Plus, this trade offer sends the second-round pick the Bears used to acquire Sweat from the Commanders back to Chicago. Now that would be a massive win for the Bears.

That would be some serious draft capital to use to build around Justin Fields. The Bears would still be in a spot to draft Ohio State wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. or trade down again to a team that wants to jump ahead of the New England Patriots to get Drake Maye or Jayden Daniels.

However, if you use the Jimmy Johnson draft value chart, the No. 1 pick is worth 3000 points. Teams use this type of value chart to get an accurate measurement of whether they are getting a good return on a trade or making sure they are not giving up too much.

In this case, the picks Washington would trade in this deal equal 3895 for the current year and a future first-round pick. The Bears would get a 129% return. That might be in line as usually the receiving team wants to get an additional markup, especially when it comes to quarterbacks.

At the same time, that takes away a key draft strength the Commanders have right now. They head into the draft with two second-round picks and two third-round choices although one of them comes at pick 101. This move would eliminate Washington having four picks in the top 75. The Commanders might decide to go with Maye instead and keep that draft capital.