TRADE: Chicago sends their 2022 fourth-round pick acquired by Denver to the Los Angeles Chargers for a 2022 fourth-round pick and sixth-round pick.
3. Fourth Round via trade with LAC after trading with DEN: Matthew Butler, DL, Tennessee
Thanks to the trade with Denver, Chicago gets a fourth-round to compensate for the Justin Fields trade from a year ago. Again, Chicago decides to go back into the trenches and build up steam and speed there. And again, they trade down to add one more pick to this core.
This time, Chicago stays in the trenches but shifts its focus to the defensive line with an underrated player with a very high ceiling. Having played in the SEC, it only makes sense to take a flier on him, and that would be Tennessee’s, Matthew Butler.
Butler played five seasons with the Volunteers. His last three have been mainly his most productive. In his final season, he recorded five sacks. Judging by his physique, Butler is best suited as a 4-3 defensive tackle in pass-rush situations or a 3-4 end. Nonetheless, he can be turned into an every-down player because of his motor. Also, while not elite, his burst off the ball is quick enough to get blockers dazed.
Though he is not getting the same shine as some of his other counterparts in the draft, Butler has the talent to thrive in the league, provided he ends up in the most fortunate situation. The Bears can provide that for him.