The San Francisco 49ers are open for business.
Or at least, that’s what first-year general manager John Lynch implied when he revealed that several teams had shown interest in trading for the No. 2 pick – currently held by the 49ers – in the upcoming draft.
San Francisco has plenty of needs themselves, of course, which is not surprising considering their 2-14 record last year and seven wins over the past two seasons (when they parted ways with head coach Jim Harbaugh).
So trading out of the second spot in the draft to add more picks would be ideal for that organization. But how would that impact the Bears? Well, San Francisco trading out of the second pick could set forth domino effect of sorts.
If the 49ers move out from that pick, that makes the Bears the next team other general managers will dial in an attempt to move up in the draft.
The Carolina Panthers already showed a willingness to move up in the draft when it dealt Kony Ealy and the 72nd overall pick to New England to get into the second-round with the 64th pick – a move General Manager Dave Gettleman later described as “gold.” Theoretically, Carolina could move up in the first round if the team sees tremendous value in a running back such as Leonard Fournette – who visited earlier in April – or Stanford defensive lineman Solomon Thomas – who met with the Panthers after his pro day. Or maybe the Bears can engage the New York Jets, who could be looking to slide into the second pick. You see how this goes.
If the 49ers are openly shopping their pick, it means the Bears could probably start sending out their own feelers to see what they could get in exchange for a first-rounder.
Alternatively, the Bears conceivably be a team that moves up a spot. It’s not a likely scenario, but imagine defensive end Myles Garrett not getting picked by the Cleveland Browns with the first overall selection. Even though most teams trade up in drafts to get quarterbacks, Garrett would represent an exception to the rule because of his potential impact as a pass rusher.
And wouldn’t a game-changing pass rusher be a nice addition to a team that plays Aaron Rodgers and Matthew Stafford twice a year? All of this is obviously quite speculative and based on moves that haven’t happened yet, but with just two weeks to until the draft, the clock is ticking.