Bears relied on their NFL Draft history with the Patriots to make its main 2019 draft trade
According to The Athletic’s Adam Jahns, the two teams have had a business history. The Bears traded linebacker Jon Bostic and tight end Martellus Bennett to the Patriots in 2015 and 2016, respectively. In both instances, Chicago received a sixth-round draft choice.
– A trade that was projected days before the draft.
– A possible competitor for No. 73 pick.
– And a kitchenette full of food and caffeine — and Nagy's favorite candy bar. What would that be?
The inside story on the #Bears' selection of David Montgomery:https://t.co/2HAttuEG4G
— Adam Jahns (@adamjahns) May 6, 2019
Last year, the Bears acquired the 51st overall pick in the draft. They selected Memphis Tigers wide receiver Anthony Miller, who caught seven touchdown passes in 2018 for Chicago.
Jahns says the Bears “typically deal with Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio, who has been in his position for a decade.”
The two sides continued their business relationship in the 2019 NFL Draft. The Patriots traded the 73rd overall pick to the Bears for the latter’s 87th and 162nd overall picks. Chicago also surrendered its fourth-round pick in 2020.
Chicago general manager Ryan Pace told Jahns the Bears had to be patient because of the competition.
“I think (the Patriots) had some other things working, too. I’m not sure on their end what it was, but we weren’t able to agree on everything until maybe it was close to probably two minutes on the clock, and you know that window is five minutes in the round.
By the time we got our call into the league and they got their call into the league, it was pretty much down to one minute.”
— Dan DeYoung (@DanDeYoung80) April 27, 2019
By the time the Bears secured the 73rd overall pick, they drafted Iowa State Cyclones running back David Montgomery. His impressive performance in the Alamo Bowl impressed Pace, who gushed about Montgomery’s quickness, strength, and athleticism, per The Athletic.
Many draft experts raved about Montgomery.In fact, NFL.com draft analyst Chad Reuter predicted he will make it to the 2019 NFL All-Rookie Team.
It’s not hard to imagine Reuter’s prediction coming true. Montgomery will make Bears fans forget about Jordan Howard. The former could even become a Pro Bowler in the not-so-distant future.
In any case, Pace and Co.’s patience will pay off for the Chicago Bears.