When it comes to trades in the first round, Jerry Angelo’s history is to deal down.
He’s done it three times total (twice in 2003, and traded down twice in the second round in six drafts). It would take a big jump up for he Bears to realistically have the opportunity to draft Arkansas running back Darren McFadden. That doesn’t mean they are not doing their homework.
Coach Lovie Smith lunched with McFadden and Razorbacks teammate Felix Jones in Fayetteville, Ark., Monday. Smith and Southwest area scout Chris Ballard will attend the school’s pro day today.
It’s an interesting trip for Smith to make. The Bears would have to make their way probably into the top six from No. 14 to select McFadden. Jones is considered a possible late first-round pick, although perhaps he could be had with the 44th pick, which the Bears own.
Smith and running backs coach Tim Spencer are headed to New Orleans to visit with Tulane running back Matt Forte April 3 and put him through a private workout the following day.
Not every move leading up to the draft shows a team’s true intentions. Some are designed smokescreens. But it’s intriguing, for sure, because if the Bears use a high pick on a running back, it could signal the end of the road for Cedric Benson, who is working to return from a fractured left ankle. Benson and Jones share the same agent, Eugene Parker.