Denver Broncos: Plenty of trade down options in the 2021 NFL Draft

Denver Broncos TE Noah Fant at the NFL Draft. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Denver Broncos TE Noah Fant at the NFL Draft. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) /
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Denver Broncos, Ryan Pace
Chicago Bears GM Ryan Pace. (Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images) /

Denver Broncos 2021 NFL Draft trade down options: Chicago Bears

Bears 2021 selection: 20th overall

George Paton probably hasn’t had an overly open line of communication with the Chicago Bears in recent years, which is where John Elway and Vic Fangio can come into play with thie potential move-down scenario.

Paton, working with the Vikings, can probably name all of his dealings with division rivals on one hand. Although inter-division trades are not impossible or forbidden, it’s not often that rival teams are willing to do each other solids.

Paton could find Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy’s desperation in 2021 very attractive when it comes down to making a move down the draft board.

The Bears hold the 20th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft and currently have no clarity at the quarterback position. They don’t have a fourth-round pick, but the Bears do have selections in the second-and third-round and they have future assets, which they have proven in recent years they are willing to move.

Especially with jobs on the line in Chicago, the Bears might be willing to pay a premium price to move up the 11 spots with the Broncos. According to the trade value chart, the Bears sending the Broncos their 52nd and 83rd picks would hardly be an over-pay.

As a matter of fact, the Broncos got very comparable value in their trade down with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2019 by moving down from the 10th to the 20th pick and acquiring a 2019 second-round pick as well as a 2020 third-round pick.

Because the Bears so desperately need to prove to ownership that they can find the long-term answer at quarterback, this trade may have some legitimate potential, even if the details are fine-tuned a bit.