There’s a cloud of uncertainty hovering over this year’s NFL Draft, fueling intense speculation about the Chicago Bears’ plans for their first overall pick.
NFL Network insiders have identified the Washington Commanders as a compelling NFC team to watch for a potential trade-up to secure the first overall pick in the upcoming draft. According to Mike Garafolo, Tom Pelissero, and Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, several teams in the league view the Commanders as potential trade-up candidates with the Chicago Bears for the coveted No. 1 pick.
Newly appointed General Manager Adam Peters faces a significant decision regarding the Commanders’ No. 2 pick. Many teams speculate that the Commanders, under Peters’ leadership, could make a move to acquire the top spot, potentially reuniting offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury with a preferred player, likely referring to USC quarterback Caleb Williams.
Rapoport mentions that the Bears may require “historic” compensation for the top selection, indicating the Commanders would need to make a compelling offer to facilitate a trade.
“(New GM Adam) Peters faces one of his largest decisions for the next several years in figuring out how to handle the No. 2 pick. Plenty of teams view Peters’ Commanders as a possible trade-up team to No. 1, with the belief that offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury could be paired once again with Williams. And the Commanders likely will place a call to the Bears to gauge the market and see if a trade is possible.
Otherwise, their options at No. 2 appear to include North Carolina’s Drake Maye or LSU’s Jayden Daniels, or they could perhaps take a position player and acquire a veteran like Fields.”
Should the Bears retain the No. 1 pick, there’s a strong likelihood they will select a quarterback, with USC’s Caleb Williams being a prime candidate.
In such a scenario, the Commanders may pivot to select North Carolina quarterback Drake Maye with the second overall pick. Alternatively, they could opt for a position player and explore acquiring a veteran like Justin Fields.