Angelo says Bears could look to trade down from 1st round
Chicago Bears general manager Jerry Angelo has traded down with his top pick in the draft three times in the last eight years, and he says the franchise will look to do so again next week if the right scenario presents itself.
“We do like the prospects that we have, that we potentially could be faced with (the 29th overall pick),” Angelo said. “I've not gotten a lot of calls from teams yet, but that's not abnormal. But the calls will start coming in with the teams with their philosophy will be going into this draft.”
What’s interesting is there could be several teams around the Bears’ slot looking to move down in the draft. Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider has already said he’ll look to move down from No. 25. Many believe the New England Patriots will try to flip their pick at No. 28. Teams looking to move into the end of the first round could shop for a bargain.
“Most teams will want to trade down,” Angelo said. “That's normal thinking. A few teams want to trade up. I don't think that's any different from any other year, so we’ll get that. I know the question will come up will you trade up, will you trade down, we're always going to be flexible, we always have. Trading down is easier to do and if there's enough players on the board when it's our pick, and it makes sense, then it's something that we would consider very seriously as what we've done in the past. Saying that tim and I are here to answer any questions that we can.”
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