The King of the NFL Draft, ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr., published his latest first-round mock draft Tuesday, featuring two trades by the Chicago Bears.
The first featured a move with the Houston Texans in which the Bears traded down one spot to No. 2 overall. Then, Kiper has the Bears swapping selections with the Indianapolis Colts to move from No. 2 down to No. 4 overall.
Mel Kiper’s mock draft doesn’t offer any hypothetical returns the Chicago Bears would get in these deals, but it’s safe to assume they’d land Houston and Indianapolis’ second-round picks in 2023, probably a third-rounder or two this year, and potentially one first-round pick in 2024. It’d be a great haul to slide down three spots and still land a player who’s arguably the highest-graded non-quarterback in the class: Georgia defensive lineman, Jalen Carter.