But could the Bears -- without a pick in Thursday's NFL Draft until the third round -- end up trading into the first round?
"That would be tough," Pace said Tuesday. "It would be hard, just because we don't have a lot of ammunition."
The Bears of course traded their first-round picks for Thursday and 2020 as part of the blockbuster deal that landed superstar pass rusher Khalil Mack last September. Chicago did pick up a second-round pick for next year in that deal, which could perhaps be part of a trade up from their slot 87th overall, their first slot available in this draft. The Bears also traded their second-round pick last year, moving to the 50th pick and selecting receiver Anthony Miller out of Memphis.
This draft will be unique for the Bears given they have only five slots on their side and none until the third round. Pace said his brass has already begun projecting scenarios of players who could fall to their slot.
What else is Pace looking forward to?
"When our pick comes up, Khalil Mack highlights will come on instantly," he said.