With the 29th spot in the first round of the NFL draft, it is appearing more and more likely the Bears’ best option will not be picking a player to fill a position in need according to Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune.
It is more likely their best option will be general manager Jerry Angelo will work all angles to make a deal and it’s looking more and more like the Bears will be in no man’s land if they stay put.
There are five potential first-round tackles, so one could slide. The tackles most likely will fall in this order, based on a survey of NFL scouts: Tyron Smith, Nate Solder, Anthony Castonzo Gabe Carimi and Derrick Sherrod.
If Carimi slips, it’s because some teams are concerned about his cockiness. Sherrod could fall a bit because he’s a love-or-hate-him prospect. But more love him than hate him.
If all five are gone, the Bears would have to reach for a tackle at 29, and that would not be prudent.Which brings us to a trade. Personnel director Tim Ruskell has acknowledged that it could be worth considering moving up. And the Bears might have to move up to get an immediate impact player.
But the price might be prohibitive, unless one of their targeted players slides and they merely need to move up a few spots. So barring something unusual, a trade up probably is not in the Bears’ best interests. A trade down, on the other hand, could be exactly what the draft doctor ordered.