Bears Trade 37th to San Diego

Many of the experts out there, including yours truly, were convinced that the Bears were going to take an offensive lineman either at 31st or 37th. Greg Olsen was too good to pass up in Round 1, but before Jerry Angelo could make another choice, the Chargers blew him away with a trade offer. Suddenly, the Midway Monsters have nine picks instead of seven.

The Bears were apparently so overjoyed that Greg Olsen – by far the best tight end on the board – fell to them at No. 31, they decided to trade down in Round 2 and picked up a slew of other picks in the process.

San Diego came calling when the Bears were on the clock at 37th overall, and although they could have used an offensive lineman like the versatile Justin Blalock, the Chargers pulled a Vito Corleone and made GM Jerry Angelo an offer he couldn't refuse.

In return for their selection at No. 37, the Monsters of the Midway receive San Diego's second-rounder (62nd overall), third-rounder (93rd), fifth-rounder (167th overall), and an additional third-rounder in 2008. That's four picks for the price of one, two of which will come on Day 1 this year. The Chargers selected Utah safety Eric Weddle at 37th.

The commentary that ensued on both ESPN and the NFL Network suggested that the Bears came out way ahead on the deal and can use the additional selections to fortify their depth chart at receiver, defensive tackle, and along the offensive line. Angelo now has nine picks in this draft after entering the day with only seven. Additionally, he will have four choices on Day 1 instead of just three.

Based on what's been popping up all over the Message Boards at BearReport.com, the response from Bears fans with regards to the draft has been overwhelmingly positive so far.

John Crist is the Publisher of Bear Report and Editor in Chief of BearReport.com. To read him every day, visit BearReport.com and become a Chicago Bears insider.

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