Bears GM Ryan Poles on what it will take Falcons to trade for No. 1 pick

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As the NFL Combine gets underway this week, executives and head coaches began meeting with the media today.

For Falcons fans, the hottest topic surrounded the quarterback position. Atlanta’s new head coach Raheem Morris didn’t dance around the subject either, stating he likely wouldn’t be in this position if the Falcons had been more aggressive in acquiring a quarterback in previous offseasons. He also said they have multiple plans of attack to get the quarterback position right this offseason.

That’s pivotal because there are a lot of moving parts that are out of their control. It’s been reported that the Falcons want to be aggressive in an attempt to move up in the draft, but that might not be possible if none of the top three teams will budge. As of now, the organization to watch is the Chicago Bears, who currently hold the No. 1 overall pick. They already have a competent quarterback in Justin Fields under contract, and NFL insider Peter King recently said he believes they roll with Fields again next year, moving the top pick for the second consecutive season.

I’m not as confident that will be the case, but Bears general manager Ryan Poles is leaving the door open. In his press conference today, he told reporters that everything remains on the table as of now, but any trade for the No. 1 pick would have to “help our organization significantly.”

If the Bears fall in love with one of the top quarterbacks in the draft, I don’t even see how they entertain the idea of trading the top pick. An elite quarterback on a rookie contract is a cheat code in the NFL, but it’s evident they still are very high on Justin Fields, feeling as if he hasn’t gotten a chance to show his true talent because of the circumstances around him.

Regardless, if the Falcons want to move up the board for a quarterback, it’s going to take a massive haul. Not only do they hold little leverage, but there is also a slew of other teams behind them that are also looking for a signal caller. If any of the top three teams decide they don’t want to take a quarterback, they will be able to fetch a king’s ransom for the pick.

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