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The Cubs’ transaction list under Epstein and Hoyer reads like a work of fiction, a wish-fulfillment list composed in hindsight.
Bertz wrote:jumbo wrote:Barkley is a really interesting wrinkle, as the Browns and Giants are both rumored to be picking him #1/2. Browns could go Barkley and gamble their guy is there or trade up to 2/3 to get whomever they like (this was the rumor last year in which Pace gamed them to trade up to 49ers for Trubisky). Or they could pick their QB and if Barkley's there, he's there.
I find it unlikely that anyone will be trading up to the Bears to get a QB, as any team trading up will jump to 2/3/4/5 to get who they want.
If 1-4 QB's go in the top 5 picks, that means that Barkley/Chubb/Nelson round out the top 7, leaving the Bears just outside the elite talent. Reminds me of the Kevin White draft, in which Leonard Williams went #6 to the Jets as the last of the top tier players on the board.
I'm trying to come up with a scenario in which the bears end up with one of the elite talents at a position of need. Lots of time before then, lots can change, and I hope it does so that we can end up with a stud pick or a rock solid trade down option. It's possible someone gets despreate and trades up to get Rudolph, or Davenport/Landry, or Edmunds even. Thoughts?
I think we're in a good spot, but not a great one. Barkley/Chubb/Nelson/Fitpatrick seems to be a pretty consensus first tier of non-QBs. If four QBs go ahead of us, which seems more likely than not, then we're guaranteed one of them. If only two or three QBs go ahead of us, then we'll likely have a good chance to trade back with Buffalo or Arizona. I'd feel way better if we had the 7th pick, but 8 should still be good.
David wrote:I'm really feeling the parallels to the 14-15 Cubs off-season even more and I think we're going to be undersold going into this season, especially if Pace has another draft like he's shown he can.
Where that actually leaves us given the strength of our division is obviously in question though.
davell wrote:I really like what's been done. If this is what they take into the draft, I'm OK with that. But, I'd love to get Justin Pugh at this point. He can play RT, but he's a stud inside. And it'd allow for you to grab D with each of your first 2 picks.
I love Nelson, but I think adding Pugh now and using your top picks on D makes you the better team.
longhotsummer wrote:I realize now, any opposing viewpoint, will not be tolerated.
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