Last year in the 2017 NFL draft, Ryan Pace traded up one spot (from 3 to 2) to draft Mitchell Trubisky. He gave up last year’s 67th and 111th picks, falling in the 3rd and 4th rounds respectively. Currently sitting at 8, I think trading up would be a fantastic idea.
The first seven picks are as follows
1. Cleveland Browns
2. New York Giants
3. New York Jets (From Indianapolis Colts)
4. Cleveland Browns (From Houston Texans)
5. Denver Broncos
6. Indianapolis Colts (From New York Jets)
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The first 3 picks shouldn’t be too worrisome, two Quarterbacks and Saquon Barkley will most likely be taken. Picks 4-7 are where Pace should start to worry. Assuming there aren’t any trades, players such as Quenton Nelson and Bradley Chubb could fly off the board. If the Bears are high on Nelson and Chubb, this move would be almost necessary. Pace has proved before with Trubisky that he isn’t afraid to give up picks for who he wants.
As for who he should take, Nelson and Chubb are both great options. Nelson would bolster an already scary interior offensive line to play with Cody Whitehair and Kyle Long. Nelson is a 6 foot 5, 329 lb guard who played under Harry Hiestand at Notre Dame. He recorded 35 reps on the bench. Nelson has been described as a “perennial all pro” and is going to be a star in this league. Chubb is a 6 foot 4, 269 lb pass rusher from N.C. State. He ran a 4.65 40 yard dash and 24 reps at the bench press. He also recorded a 7.37 3 cone and a 4.41 20 yard shuttle. Chubb is an athletic pass rusher who would fit perfectly opposite of Leonard Floyd. Usually when going after a pass rusher, you’re either drafting them high or overpaying for them in free agency. Pace went out and got Aaron Lynch in free agency, but he’s not a 3 down player, he’s more of s rotation player. Chubb would be a perfect fit.
I think Pace needs to trade up and draft Chubb. He can get a lineman early in the 2nd, and if he can trade up for Chubb, he has every reason to do so.