It’s draft week, which this year means less to me than most years since the Bears don’t have a pick until the third round. So speaking of which, I have heard a lot of talk/seen a lot in print about the potential for the Bears to trade their 2011 first and/or second round picks to get a pick in the second round this year, ostensibly to take one of the higher-rated safeties.
To me, that would be ridiculous to mortgage further the Bears future by giving up their highest picks in 2011 for a second-rounder in 2010. The fact of the matter is they are without first and second rounders in 2010 due to one great trade and one that wasn’t so great. This is the year, in a deep 2010 draft, to bite the bullet and not further the problem by mortgaging 2011 to soften the blow on 2010.
Whenever I hear of teams giving up their following year’s first rounder for a second-rounder in the current year is 1978/1979. The Buccaneers traded the Bears their 1979 first round pick in exchange for one or several picks which I unfortunately can’t identify at the moment. The Bears drafted Dan Hampton the following year. Again in 1982, Tampa gave up their 1983 first round pick for the Bears’ second-rounder, and with Tampa’s pick the Bears took Willie Gault. I don’t want to be on the opposite end of one of those trades, so I don’t think it makes any sense for the Bears to try to trade up this year, unless it involves a player.
The good thing is, unless it’s a smokescreen, according to Jerry Angelo recently it doesn’t seem likely he’ll be doing this. But then again, Jerry and Lovie Smith may feel desperate to make waves in 2010 to keep their jobs. Let’s hope it doesn’t happen.
In another note, in today’s Chicago Tribune, Dave Kaplan and Fred Mitchell report that the Bears are very interested in taking tackle J’Marcus Webb late in the draft. If it’s a worthwhile project, and I hope it is, hopefully they’re able to get him before someone else does. Because in 2010, every one of the Bears’ five picks needs to make a difference.