As a Bears fan, I'll admit I've had a complicated relationship with the NFL draft. For too many seasons, the draft follows an all too familiar pattern. The Bears have a terrible season, earn a high draft pick and then squander the pick on mediocre/injury prone talent. I still get excited for it even though I'm certain I'll be disappointed.
This year's NFL draft will be different because the Bears are good again and they traded away their first-round pick and a sixth-round pick to Oakland for Khalil Mack. They also traded away their second-round pick for Anthony Miller. Two awesome trades and I don't have to worry about them blowing it this year in the first two rounds. This is a win-win.
The draft will also be different because part of it will happen here! Rock Island was (probably) home to the first ever NFL game. The Rock Island Independents beat St Paul Ideals at Douglas Park on September 26th, 1920. The NFL is coming back to Rock Island to make a handful of their draft announcements during round six of the draft on April 27th. The sixth-round pick the Bears traded away makes it pretty unlikely the Bears will be one of the three NFL teams to make a pick here but I've never been more excited for the draft.