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Ryan Pace: Bears Will Examine Trading Up, Back In Draft

Chicago holds the No. 8 overall pick.

March 27, 2018 - 2:24 pm
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(670 The Score) The Bears hold the No. 8 overall pick in the NFL Draft in late April. Of course, recent history suggests they could make a move to select in another draft slot.

Under the direction of general manager Ryan Pace, the Bears have moved up in the draft in each of the past two years. In 2016, they traded up two slots to No. 9 overall to take linebacker Leonard Floyd. In 2017, they moved from No. 3 to No. 2 to ensure they could draft quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.

With the Bears having their quarterback position settled and having addressed some of their needs in free agency, there's been some talk of whether they could trade back in the draft this season. In the eyes of Pace, that's a possibility, but true to form so as to not tip his hand, so is trading up again.

"Over the next couple of weeks, those will be things, those will be scenarios we go over," Pace said from the NFL owners' meetings Tuesday. "We'll go over what players would we consider trading up for? And what is it going to require for us to do that? And then if we want to go back, who's going to be in those clouds as we go back and what would be the draft capital that we want to obtain if we did that? So we'll examine all that. We'll know when we're getting out of a certain category of player and if we want to venture past that line or not."

Logic suggests trading back is more likely than the Bears trading up this season. If that's the case, Pace indicated the Bears could be proactive and reach out to teams behind them as opposed to waiting for a call themselves.

"We'd probably just work the phone and call each one of them," Pace said.