Bears GM Ryan Pace has moved up in the first round each of the past two years, selecting Leonard Floyd in 2016 and Trubisky in 2017. Because of that, most seem to assume Pace can’t afford to give up any more draft capital to move up again. But if you’ve been paying attention to Pace’s three-plus years in Chicago, you know that while he is mostly patient and calculated when it comes to personnel acquisitions, he’s not afraid to strike when he has conviction on a player. That even applied to the hiring of new head coach Matt Nagy, who Pace hired in less than 24 hours after interviewing him in January.
The Bears are rooting for as many quarterbacks as possible to be drafted in the first seven picks, but that still might not push pass rusher Bradley Chubb back to No. 8. Have you seen the Bears depth chart at outside linebacker? It’s Floyd, Sam Acho, Aaron Lynch and former undrafted free agent Isaiah Irving. All together, they have a combined 43.5 sacks in their careers. That’s not good.
If Pace is enamored with Chubb, it wouldn’t shock me to see the Bears move up for the third straight year. On the flip side, if Chubb is gone, they could also be a potential trade partner for a team like the Cardinals or Dolphins looking to move up for a quarterback. Either way, the Bears could be in the middle of a draft shakeup for the second straight year.