Dec 21, 2013; Albuquerque, NM, USA; Washington State Cougars safety Deone Bucannon (20) returns an interception in the second quarter against the Colorado State Rams during the Gildan New Mexico Bowl at University Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Updated Chicago Bears NFL Draft Trade-Back Scenarios


Phil Emery has his list of players for the Chicago Bears at #14.  So here are some possible NFL draft scenarios that could play out if they trade back.

Trade with New York Jets for 18th pick, 3rd and 6th rounders

Thanks to some trades last year and compensatory picks, the New York Jets are loaded with extra selections.  So they can feel free to pursue top prospects if the right one becomes available.  Two names that are certain to interest them are Eric Ebron, the tight end from North Carolina and Justin Gilbert, the corner from OklahomaState.  Ebron represents a huge offensive upgrade they could put to good use for Geno Smith and/or Michael Vick.  Gilbert on the other hand give Rex Ryan some help for his 22nd ranked pass defense, especially following the loss of Antonio Cromartie.

Draft:  Calvin Pryor – FS – Louisville

The Bears have ways to get over their depth concerns at defensive tackle and cornerback is set for 2014 in terms of immediate starters.  Safety is really the only position that has absolutely no clear-cut starter.  Adding Calvin Pryor, a hard-hitting projectile from Louisville would instantly solve that problem.  He’s got good size, toughness, can tackle and is an effective blitzer.  The speed and range are also there for him to get better in coverage.

Trade with Cincinnati Bengals for 24th pick, 2nd rounder

One of the real wild cards of this NFL draft is the Cincinnati Bengals.  From a roster perspective they seem ready for a Super Bowl run.  There are just one or two areas left unsettled that might push them to go after a top talent.  Among their biggest needs is a safety.  Somebody like Ha Ha Clinton-Dix of Alabama would make an outstanding addition to the back end of their defense.  Then there is the other idea.  Could they drop a bomb by aggressively pursuing a replacement for Andy Dalton?  The fourth-year quarterback has yet to win a playoff game in three opportunities and it’s becoming clear his physical deficiencies become a problem in January.  Would a stronger armed Derek Carr or more mobile Johnny Manziel change their fortunes?

Draft:  Kyle Fuller – CB – Virginia Tech

Phil Emery said one of his top goals in this draft is to find the Chicago Bears an eventual successor to Pro Bowl corner Charles Tillman, who turned 33 this year.  Sticking to his ideals for the position it would be somebody big, strong, and tough and has a nose for the ball.  Virginia Tech standout Kyle Fuller checks all of those boxes.  He is probably one of the best tackling corners in the 2014 class, and repeatedly displayed the eyes and hands to take the ball away.  On top of that, he’s only 21-years old.

Trade with Carolina Panthers for 28th pick and DT Kawann Short

One idea floated around is teams possibly using players instead of picks to move up the board.  Among teams that might have that chance with Chicago is the Carolina Panthers.  Last season they made a splash in the draft when they took a defensive tackle in rounds 1 and 2.  Star Lotulelei became their full-time starter out of the first while Kawann Short was an able backup after going to them in round 2.  Many project Short as a player with starter potential given his size, strength and athleticism and he flashed that for Carolina.  His addition to the trade would allow the Panthers to either jump up for a game-breaking wide receiver, largely viewed as their biggest need, or potentially a long-term replacement for Jordan Gross at left tackle.

Draft:  Deone Bucannon – SS – Washington State

Adding Short to the roster would solve the defensive tackle problem for the Bears, thus allowing them to shift their focus to another position.  As stated above safety is the most pressing but by this point Pryor and Clinton-Dix should be gone.  Some might view it as a reach, but Emery almost certainly could justify taking WashingtonState’s Deone Bucannon.  The 6’1” kid tested outstanding at the scouting combine and showed on tape to be a physical presence on the back end with an underrated knack for forcing turnovers.  He’s durable, comes from a military family and has clear upside.

Trade with San Francisco 49ers for 30th pick, 2nd, 3rd and 4th rounders

Arguably the most popular team in most trade down scenarios heading into the NFL draft is the San Francisco 49ers.  Their team is already stacked with talent so they have good reason to move up and they also have the ammunition with two picks in the 2nd round and three in the 3rd.  Unloading a couple of them would barely register on their radar.  San Francisco, like the Jets, could really use a cornerback and the Chicago Bears hold a rather advantageous spot at #14 because the Steelers (15th), Ravens (17th) and Jets (18th) all need a corner too.  So if they want a top tier talent like Justin Gilbert or Darqueze Dennard then the Bears could be their best bet.

Draft:  Ra’Shede Hageman – DT – Minnesota

After such a haul, Emery should feel free to go after a player of his choice regardless of position.  Among the most popular who fit his profile for talent is Minnesota defensive tackle Ra’Shede Hageman.  Due to inexperience and lagging discipline he’s considered a fringe first or second round player.  However, from a sheer talent point of view there might not be a more intriguing specimen in the entire 2014 class.  Hageman stands 6’6” at 315 lbs, which is enormous but he runs like a tight end.  His incredible speed-power combination gives him off-the-charts potential.  Stuffing the run is something he does well, which by itself is good for the Bears but if he can refine his skill he can become an all-around monster at the pro level.

Tags: Calvin Pryor Carolina Panthers Chicago Bears Cincinnati Bengals Deone Bucannon Kyle Fuller New York Jets NFL Draft San Francisco 49ers

  • David A Maupin

    Great insight. I thought about each scenario and would be happy with any of them. I don’t see the 49ers unloading that much though for our 14.

    • Erik Lambert

      Thanks, David. Actually I had a 49er fan propose his own trade in which they move up from #30 to #7 for Mike Evans. So clearly they’re all for being aggressive out west.

      • Steve Batchelor

        LOL…If you are talking about me Erik in regards to the trade between the Bucs and 49ers, I’m a Bucs fan not a 49er fan in the least. I just thought that the trade would be just what the Bucs need to do to fill the holes left. Your scenarios here are very intriguing and very well thought out. Looking forward to seeing what happens this Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

        • Erik Lambert

          Whoa. My bad Steve. Misinterpretation on my part. Appreciate the shoutout and am so ready for the action to get underway.

      • David A Maupin

        A fan is willing to do unrealistic things because they are, well…..a fan. However a GM will be more tame with what they do. The 49ers are sitting pretty with their talent and all those picks however why not keep most of them and either get deeper or put even better product on the field? I just don’t see them throwing in extra picks because they have them in pocket. Great article though. I can see all other scenarios and who know. .. Maybe the 49ers surprise us.

        • Erik Lambert

          Thanks David. The beauty is nobody knows what the 49ers are going to do. The ball is truly in their court.

  • Paul Newbold

    I’d like that trade for the Jets, it would likely be sufficient to grab Dennard. Its a rather high price to move up just 4 spots it seems, though that’s off the top of my head. I’d rather see them move up with #18, a 4th and 6th, the Jets own multiple picks in both 4 and 6. Does the difference in a 3rd and a 4th break this deal? Either way I think they will attempt to move up, if that fails then maybe down and pick up extra picks. I don’t see them sitting at #18, unless the guy they really covet will be there.

    • Erik Lambert

      I think they can afford parting with the 3rd because they have multiple 4ths and this year that is a good thing. A talent like Gilbert or Dennard would be worth it for them.

  • Paul Newbold

    Thanks for all the mocks this season Erik! I’ve enjoyed the exchanges, and your insights. I can’t wait for Thursday Night to get here!! The Jets will have an entirely different look if they get this one right! Here’s hoping Idzik can ace this baby! Go Jets!!

    • Erik Lambert

      Idzik seems to know what he’s doing but whether he has an eye for offensive talent remains to be seen. I think this is a great opportunity for the Jets to get back into the playoff picture. Thank YOU for commenting Paul. I relish the conversations and appreciate your loyal readership.

  • Kirk Devries

    Would love to see Emery trade back multiple times in first round. End up with 3 or 4 seconds rounders two third rounders and a few other 5th and 6ths. Grabbing Bucannon is a must. Dreaming on a Sunday morning:)

    • Erik Lambert

      Believe I’d take that idea in a heartbeat but that is very hard to do. I believe their best chance to get an extra third and maybe a late fifth or sixth. Then again all it takes is the right player to fall into their lap and it could start a bidding war.

  • Pedemegonz

    My mock trade down is based on Lovie, the Vikings and the Lions all trying to screw with the Bears in making their draft picks. The Browns take either Evans or Watkins at four. Lovie takes Donald. The Lions take Ha-Ha. The Vikings take Pryor. And most importantly Bortels falls to 14. The Browns trade 26,35, 71 and 83 to the Bears for 14, 51 and 82. The Browns take Bortels at 14. The Bears take Ward, Nix at 26 and 35 and a corner and an olb at 71 and 83.