Surprise! The Bears Just Snagged a Compensatory Draft Pick
Your team’s general manager needs every break they can get in the rebuilding process.
And it looks like Chicago Bears GM Ryan Poles just caught one.
A small one, but one nonetheless.
The NFL just announced which teams are getting compensatory selections in the 2023 NFL Draft. And the Bears, yes, these Bears, are getting a seventh-rounder coming their way. NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport notes it is 41st selection in the seventh round — 258th overall. Again, it is a small win just to get an additional selection. But sometimes, you’ve gotta allow yourself to celebrate the small wins.
Here is how the compensatory picks were given out:
This brings the Bears to nine picks in the upcoming draft.
As of now, it looks like this:
- Round 1 (1st overall)
- Round 2 (54th via Ravens and the Roquan Smith)
- Round 3 (65th)
- Round 4 (104th)
- Round 4 (134th via Eagles and Robert Quinn trade)
- Round 5 (138th)
- Round 5 (151st via Patriots by way of the Roquan trade)
- Round 7 (221st)
- Round 7 (258th via the NFL’s compensatory formula)
Now that all the picks are in place and everyone knows what their allotment of selections looks like, maybe the Bears can push across a trade of that first overall pick. Seeing potential trade targets such as the Raiders (Rd5-Pk 174, Rd6-Pk214) and Texans (Rd7-Pk259) get extra picks could help those teams sweeten the pot. Plus, it gives Poles something more to extract from teams in talks. After all, you can’t get what you don’t ask for in life (or in trade discussions)