The Bears' Trade Up Prevented the Vikings from Making a Run at Justin Fields

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The Bears’ Trade Up Prevented the Vikings from Making a Run at Justin Fields

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Every pick in the NFL Draft has a trickle-down effect and ramifications on the selection that comes after it.

And in the case of the Bears’ trade up with the Giants and selection of quarterback Justin Fields, their movement had a wide-ranging impact on a division rival.

“It’s good they did,” PFT’s Mike Florio said of the Bears’ pick of Fields. “Because, you know what, the Vikings may have been thinking of taking Fields at No. 14 if someone hadn’t jumped up to get him.”

What Florio heard on Thursday night has since been added upon elsewhere:

So … not only did the Bears’ pick of Justin Fields take the quarterback who could’ve been Kirk Cousins’ replacement off the board, Chicago’s trade up also prevented Minnesota from potentially selecting its top offensive line choice. That’s a double-whammy at the Vikings’ expense. And a trifecta from the perspective of a Bears team that (1) gets its top option, (2) prevents that player from joining a rival, and (3) pulling a Mutombo and denying that rival its other preferred draft option. BOOM! Take that and blow your silly horn with it, Viking guy.

Ultimately, the big winner in all this is the Bears. I mean, sure. Making moves to leap-frog rivals and deny them opportunities to take their top prospects is nice. But getting that prospect for yourself and preparing to build around him is what really has my juices flowing today. And I’m getting the sense that I’m not alone in feeling this way.

Author: Luis Medina

Luis Medina is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at@lcm1986.