Giants also receive: 2021 third-rounder, 2022 first-rounder.
Chicago GM Ryan Pace and coach Matt Nagy must make progress toward becoming a Super Bowl contender in the 2021 season if they plan on being around in 2022. Signing veteran quarterback Andy Dalton might help the team contend for the NFC North in the fall, but drafting a fresh-faced passer would also give Pace and Nagy another building block to which they can point for the future.
If any of the top five quarterbacks make it to the 11th selection, I suspect the Giants will be taking calls so they can move down and acquire more picks. New York needs a pass rusher, but the value at that position will be better in the bottom third of the round, so moving to Chicago’s 20th overall selection and grabbing Georgia’s Azeez Ojulari, Michigan’s Kwity Paye or Jaelan Phillips or Gregory Rousseau out of Miami there makes sense.
The Bears would likely trade a 2022 first-round selection and a third-round pick in this year’s draft to make the move. If the Giants aren’t interested in trading down, then the Bears will likely try the Eagles at No. 12 overall and the Chargers at No. 13 overall to hold off other teams possibly looking for a future quarterback.
Even if the Broncos do move up to the eighth pick as I project, Pace and Nagy still have New England (currently drafting No. 15th overall), New Orleans (28th), Pittsburgh (24th) and Washington (19th) to worry about, in terms of potential competition in the QB hunt.