Pace, Bears Comfortable Trading In Virtual NFL Draft

(670 The Score) Bears general manager Ryan Pace is prepared to conduct his work in a virtual NFL Draft from his home dining room, and in front of him will be a phone with other teams' top executives one button away.

Pace and the Bears have already laid the groundwork for a potential trade in the draft, which begins Thursday and runs through Saturday. He isn't worried about the logistics of executing a trade during an unprecedented virtual draft amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

The Bears own seven selections in the draft -- including none in the first round but two in the second round, which has led to speculation that they could trade back to obtain an extra pick.

"We’ve already touched base with numerous teams and talked over some of those things," Pace said on a teleconference Tuesday. "We do that every year. I think it makes it a little easier. 

"I don’t feel like trades for us aren’t going to be any more difficult this year. I have a phone here right in front of me. It’s the same phone I would have in the draft room, with every GM direct dialed with the click of one button. I think everything is efficient. 

"I don’t have any concerns about us pulling off trades or being aggressive in that nature if we need to be."

The Bears have been aggressive on the trade front in Pace's five drafts as general manager in Chicago. Most notably, the team traded up one spot to No. 2 overall in the 2017 draft to select quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. In 2017,the Bears traded up to No. 73 overall in the third round to select running back David Montgomery.

The Bears' second-round picks are at No. 43 and No. 50 overall.

"We go over all the scenarios with either one of those picks," Pace said. "Moving up under certain scenarios or moving back under certain scenarios. But we have a good feel for what type of players will be there around those picks. Depending on how the draft’s unfolding, we’ll know, ‘Hey, I feel like we can move back right now and accumulate some additional picks and still be in a good pool of players.'"

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