The Bears announced an agreement in principle to trade the fourth overall selection of the 2003 NFL Draft to the New York Jets for the Jets' two first-round selections (No. 13 and 22 overall) and an additional conditional pick.
"We liked our options better having the extra first- round pick rather than staying at four," Bears general manager Jerry Angelo said. "We now have three of the top 35 picks in the draft and are confident we will get three quality players."
At this point the Bears could go a number of ways with the two selections. Defensive line, cornerback, quarterback and linebacker are all options.
Greg Blache begged for corner help earlier in the week and chances are his request will be granted with one of the team's first three selections.
Defensive line is still a glaring need. Could Terrell Suggs drop to the 13th pick? If so, would the Bears still be interested?
Jimmy Kennedy could also slip out of the top-ten.
Basically, the trade opened up the Bears to fill more holes than drafting a potential start with the fourth selection.
The question is can Angelo and company find two starters and a quarterback of the future with three of the first 35 selections in the draft?