Trading Down is Best Option for Bears

| April 28th, 2015

“What if I told you the Bears could come out of the 2015 NFL Draft with four starters taken in the first three rounds? You’d be intrigued, right? Well, that’s exactly what the Bears have a chance to do if they play their cards right Thursday night.”

With a top 10 pick, the Bears need to think one of two ways: Either get a great player or get a few good players. The problem with the Bears having the seventh pick in this year’s draft is that there doesn’t seem to be seven great players, which means their best option will likely be to trade back.

Here are the standards for a top 10 pick:

  • Will either start or play on significant snaps (third downs) as a rookie, unless he’s a QB.
  • Someone who plays a crucial position. He either helps your QB or makes the other team’s QB’s life hell.
  • A great athlete. The best players are almost always great athletes.
  • Had at least a moderately productive collegiate career.
  • Has to be a key part of their identity for the next five-to-10 years.

How many of this year’s consensus top picks fit that criteria? The most common names are Jameis Winston, Marcus Mariota, Amari Cooper, Kevin White, Leonard Williams, Vic Beasley and Brandon Scherff. Seven guys and the Bears have the seventh pick. Easy, right?

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