After their fourth consecutive losing season, the Chicago Bears decided to relieve head coach John Fox of his duties and bring in an offensive minded head coach in former Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy.
With Mitchell Trubisky poised to have a breakout season in 2018 after showing some great promise last year and new faces on offense such as Allen Robinson and Taylor Gabriel, to me it is their top priority to give Trubisky even more help in the 2018 NFL Draft.
The hot topic of the 2018 NFL Draft is the rich pool of quarterbacks that will more than likely all be off everyone’s draft board by the time the first round comes to an end. There are many teams who will look to draft prospects such as Sam Darnold, Josh Allen, Baker Mayfield among other signal callers including the Buffalo Bills.
That being said, I think the Bears should trade down with the Buffalo Bills and draft the best wide receiver prospect and that is Calvin Ridley from the University of Alabama.
Currently the Bears have the eighth pick in the first round and will not be picking again until number 39 in the second round. The trade that makes the most sense is the Bears trade the eight pick and the 39th pick to Buffalo in exchange for their two first round choices which are 12 and 22.
In the latest mock draft by Mel Kiper Jr, he has Calvin Ridley being selected by the Baltimore Ravens with the 16th pick but I think he is better than that.
The best thing about Calvin Ridley being drafted by the Bears is that he does not have to be the man right away. He can learn from Allen Robinson and Taylor Gabriel who have played in big games before and can show Ridley how to be a winner in the pros.
Ridley is coming off a National Championship winning season with the Crimson Tide in which he caught 55 passes for 967 yards and four touchdowns. He did a terrific job over the last three years replacing Amari Cooper who is a Pro Bowl receiver for the Oakland Raiders.
The type of receiver the Bears will be getting is one who is very fast, can run routes with ease, is unfazed by elite competition and has great durability. He still needs to get stronger and there should be some concern about him dropping big passes. If he can improve those two things along with the positives he has going for him, I see him as being another Amari Cooper and that is a great thing. Again, Cooper is a Pro Bowl wide out and is easily the number one target for Derek Carr in Oakland, he too runs routes extremely well and can run like a deer.
Ridley to me has all the potential in the world to be a featured number one receiver in an offense.
On a side note, the trade I proposed would give the Bears the 22nd pick in the first round. With that pick, the Bears should consider drafting the offensive lineman from the University of Georgia, Isaiah Wynn. Mitchell Trubisky needs protection in front of him and Wynn brings great athleticism and is extremely dependable as a run/pass blocker.
The 2018 NFL Draft gets started on Thursday, April 26 from AT&T Stadium in Dallas.