The Chicago front office was prioritizing selecting a RB with their first pick of the draft at No. 87 overall, but clearly they felt comfortable enough with their evaluation of Montgomery to move up to No. 73 to nab him.
David Montgomery and Tarik Cohen in the same backfield? Good luck tackling, NFC North— Sam Monson (@PFF_Sam) April 27, 2019
Final trade details: Bears get pick No. 73 (used on Iowa State RB David Montgomery) and No. 205 (6th round) from New England, in exchange for picks 87 and 162 (5th round) and a 2020 4th round choice.— Jeff Dickerson (@DickersonESPN) April 27, 2019
To get Montgomery, the Bears moved their No. 87 and No. 162 overall picks—third and fifth round selections respectively—to the New England Patriots to get their guy. The entire Bears organization is no doubt excited with the pick, but franchise QB Mitch Trubisky took to Twitter to express his excitement over the pick.
With the trade the Bears are now armed with four more picks in the 2019 draft--including two seventh round selections that are 16 picks apart--on top of their seven picks in the 2020 NFL Draft. They are positioned quite well for the future, but NFL.com actually gave the Bears the highest possible grade for their first round despite not having a (first round) pick.
Updated #Bears picks:— Adam Hoge (@AdamHoge) April 27, 2019
4th round: No. 126
6th round: No. 205
7th round: No. 222
7th round: No. 238
2nd round (via OAK)
5th round (via OAK, conditional)
6th round (via PHI, conditional)
Two of Chicago’s 2020 draft picks are conditional picks, one coming as part of the Khalil Mack trade and another as part of the trade sending Jordan Howard to Philadelphia.
Bears GM Ryan Pace has certainly held true to his word so far. Earlier in the week he talked about still feeling a tremendous amount of pressure to “nail this draft” despite not having any first or second round selections.
Pace said, “I feel like with fewer picks and with later picks, the onus is on us as scouts to hit on these picks, and to keep this momentum that we’ve got.” With the aggressive move to trade up and get Montgomery, Pace and co. have kept true to their vision and should be set up well to add depth as we move through the later rounds of the draft.