The 2011 NFL Draft was the first in three years that the Bears actually spent a first-round pick. That might explain, in part, why the selection of Wisconsin offensive tackle Gabe Carimi wasn't completely smooth and without incident.
The Baltimore Ravens, of course, believed they had executed a trade with the Bears, who wanted to move up and select Carimi. But, the trade wasn't finalized, and the Bears still ended up with Carimi.
This year, under new general manager Phil Emery, the Bears have their full batch of picks, including an extra third-rounder via the trade of tight end Greg Olsen to the Carolina Panthers. There's quite a bit riding on that selection (ninth in the third round), since Olsen was a late first-round pick.
Many draft publications have the Bears taking Notre Dame receiver Michael Floyd with the 19th overall pick. But, after Floyd ran a 4.42 in the 40-yard dash Sunday at the NFL Combine, I'm not sure Floyd will be around that long, particularly if he avoids any trouble between now and the draft.
That got me wondering: What if the Bears want to move up in the first round? While they have several needs, the Bears may strongly consider moving up, if there's a player they really, really like in the first round.
If they traded away the 19th pick and the third-round pick from the Panthers, the Bears could move up to the 14th or possibly the 13th overall pick, according to a CBS trade value chart that can be viewed here.
If they traded the 19th pick and their own third-round pick, the Bears could move up to the 15th pick. That may not sound like much, but that could be the difference between getting they badly want and not getting him.
I honestly don't see the Bears trading much more than that. Let's say -- hypothetically -- that they wanted to package their first and second round picks, that would only get them up to about the 11th pick. But, that's a pretty steep price. Meanwhile, the first- and fourth-round picks only moves them up one and -- if the other team is desperate or charitable -- two spots.