The Chicago Bears are in an interesting situation with the 19th pick in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft. There are six guys who have clearly put some distance between themselves and the rest of the draft board.
However, after that, from the middle of the first round all the way back into the middle of the second round, there are a lot of solid players who haven’t really separated themselves. That gives the Chicago Bears a lot of options with their pick, and those options include several trade scenarios.
The Bears have a few glaring needs and, luckily for them, there are solid prospects at each of those positions that will be available in the later portion of the first round. Of course, depth was a major concern in 2011, so if the Bears can stockpile picks while moving back in the first round and still getting a prospect at a position of need, it’d be an ideal situation.
There is going to be a flurry of activity at defensive end from picks 15-20, and if Courtney Upshaw of Alabama or Melvin Ingram of South Carolina are available at No. 19, there may be some teams in the bottom five of the first round that would be interested in moving up to get them.
For instance, New England has two first round picks at No. 27 and No. 31, and those two guys would fit nicely with the Pats as rush linebackers.
For Chicago to slide back to 27 or 31, New England would probably have to give up their third round pick (No. 93) and the Bears could still get value at defensive end with a guy like Shea McClellin from Boise State or Nick Perry from USC. They could also go offensive line late in the first round and pick up a guy like Kevin Zeitler from Wisconsin or Jonathan Martin from Stanford.
If North Carolina DE Quinton Coples is available, the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants could be interested with Osi Umenyiora threatening to hold out. The Bears could probably get pick No. 94 and pick No. 201 from the Giants to move back from 19 to 32, and they still stand a good chance of getting a defensive end they like or even Notre Dame safety Harrison Smith.
The Bears could also look into a deal with the Broncos who pick at No. 25. Denver is apparently very high on Memphis DT and combine freak Dontari Poe, but there is a strong chance that he goes somewhere between picks 21 and 24.
The Bears could ask for pick No. 87 in the third round, but it’d be hard to imagine the Broncos parting with an early third round pick to move six spots. Pick No. 108 in the fourth round would be more likely.
Clearly, the Chicago Bears could go several directions with their first round pick, but if they’re as dead set on a defensive end as they appear, trading back may be in their best interest.