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Why the LA Chargers could trade down with the Chicago Bears

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA - DECEMBER 29: Head coach Matt Nagy of the Chicago Bears looks on during the game against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium on December 29, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Bears defeated the Vikings 21-19. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA - DECEMBER 29: Head coach Matt Nagy of the Chicago Bears looks on during the game against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium on December 29, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Bears defeated the Vikings 21-19. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

2. The LA Chargers could likely get a second-round pick out of the Chicago Bears

Desperation leads teams to pay a bit more in trades and this would be the situation with the Chicago Bears and LA Chargers. The Chargers should absolutely be able to get a second-round pick out of the Bears for moving down seven spots in the draft.

Quite frankly, it would not be shocking if the Chargers were able to also get in a future late-round pick as well. The second-round pick itself is already over an overspend but you have to remember what the Bears would be trading for.

We can use the NFL Draft Pick Trade Value Chart as a starting point. Typically, real-life trades don’t follow this chart to a tee but it is a good resource to at least get an idea of what the two teams would be trading.

The value of moving up from the 20th pick to the 13th pick is 300 points. That is the exact value of the 60th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

The Bears have the 52nd overall pick, which is worth 380 points on the chart. Chicago would be overpaying by 80 points, but again, should be willing to do so because of the team’s need for a quarterback.

That is not a large enough overpay to steer the Bears away. If an exciting quarterback is still on the board then they will be more than willing to slightly overpay to make sure another team does not trade up for him.

And as a result, the Chargers would get yet another pick in the top 100. However, something could keep the Bolts from doing this trade.

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