With just a few weeks to go until the NFL Draft, we are unfortunately in the dead-weight zone of the off-season.
The Combine, pro-days, and personal visits are all being wrapped up, and now – we wait.

One thing is for sure – Caleb Williams is a Chicago Bear. Roger Goodell announcing the pick on draft night will simply be a formality. Williams has been having dinner with Bears players and has canceled all visits to the other NFL organizations. Keenan Allen has officially taken the number 15, and Tyler Scott even changed his number from 13 – to 10.

What is uncertain is what Ryan Poles and the Chicago Bears will do with the 9th overall pick. The Bears only have four draft picks in 2024: the 1st, 9th, 75th, and 122nd.

The Bears currently have 9 draft picks in 2025 – 1st round, 2nd round, 2nd round (Carolina), 3rd round, 4th round, 5th round, 6th round, 6th round (Dolphins), 6th round (Steelers, can turn into 4th round).

The writing seems to be on the wall for the Bears to trade back from 9th overall in this draft to add some capital and potentially get a pick in the second round. Ideally, yeah, you would want more than four draft picks in a rookie class, and given the extra first-rounder, you could add to that pick total.

However, one could argue that trading UP to have the chance to draft one of the top offensive weapons in this class would be more advantageous. We know the first three draft picks are going to be quarterbacks with the Bears, Washington Commanders, and the New England Patriots. With the Arizona Cardinals sitting at the fourth pick and tons of money locked into Kyler Murray, followed by the Chargers at 5th – that is going to be the first two non-QBs off the board.

This draft’s top three offensive weapons are Marvin Harrison Jr, Brock Bowers, and Malik Nabers. Two of those guys are going at 4th and 5th, and you’re not getting any of them at 9.

Ryan Poles has been incredibly calculated in this rebuild to setup his future rookie quarterback, which we now know is Caleb Williams, in the best possible situation for prolonged success.

While the price to move up is unknown, Poles absolutely has the ammo—particularly the 2025 2nd round pick from Carolina—to make an aggressive move similar to the Texans’ last year when they got both CJ Stroud and Will Anderson.

For the potential reward, the risk is mute in comparison.

Should the Bears move from the 9th pick?

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