ESPN’s Adam Schefter Predicts the Bears’ No. 1 Pick Will Be “Worth a Small Fortune”

Adam Schefter is one of the handful of reporters whose Twitter notifications are always on for me. The ESPN news breaker is a scoops machine. And when NFL news breaks, he is one of the go-to guys with the details of what is going down. With the Chicago Bears having the No. 1 pick, I find myself awaiting a Schefty bomb sharing news of GM Ryan Poles getting a deal done.

Wishful thinking? Perhaps. But as Schefter said in a recent interview with ESPN 1000’s Waddle and Silvy Show, the Bears are in line to land a haul if they choose to trade that first overall pick.

This segment is filling me with all sorts of wild ideas:

“I have not talked to anyone specifically about that … but I can just tell you right now that the Bears are going to have the opportunity to listen to some unbelievable offers for the No. 1 pick and they’re going to have a chance to parlay that one pick that came as a benefit of the Houston Texans winning a game they never should’ve won into a bevy of future picks that can set up that franchise for years to come. … That pick is going to be worth a small fortune.”

A couple of things here that we need to underscore. Firstly, Schefter hasn’t checked into his Rolodex of infinite sources to check in on the status of what the Bears can get for this pick. Fair enough. With the Super Bowl coming up, two head coaching hires still needing to be made, and free agency coming up quickly, what the Bears do with the No. 1 pick isn’t the top priority at a national level just yet. Even still … Schefter’s knowledge of football history informs him enough to be able to drop a pretty gnarly prediction at our feet. And we shouldn’t take that lightly.

In light of Schefter’s recent share, I come away thinking this: It is OK to dream big. Don’t let anyone try to short-change your dreams. If you want to envision a trade where the Bears get a treasure trove of picks for the first overall pick, then do it. And if you want to go even further by dreaming up scenarios where they do multiple trade-backs, then by all means do that, too. Bring on all the picks. And all the prospects. Keep ’em coming like an all-you-can-eat buffet. The Bears have a boatload of needs. Since it isn’t realistic to think they’ll fill all of them in free agency in March, it would be nice to have a bunch of picks to work with when April rolls around.

At this point in the calendar, there is no reason for me (or anyone) to keep you from aiming high. A wise teacher once told me to shoot for the moon because at least you’ll land among the stars if you miss. Cheeky? Camp? Corny? Yeah. Sure. But that sentiment sticks with me years later. And with good reason.

In other words, I’m hoping the Bears shoot for the moon and land a galaxy’s worth of draft picks. Only then, will Ryan Poles be strong enough with the Dark Side of the Force to build a steady winner.

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Luis C. Medina, who you can find on Twitter at lcm1986, has been covering the Chicago Bears at Bleacher Nation since 2017. Since then, he has written about 3 head coaches, 5 play-callers, and 11 starting quarterbacks. Previously, Luis wrote about the Cubs and MLB at BN (2015-16) and worked in the Chicago Tribune sports department (2011-16). He also co-hosted a Cubs postgame show, Outside the Ivy, in 2019.

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