Word of the Chicago Bears hosting top-rated quarterbacks Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota on pre-draft visits raises questions about Chicago's potential willingness to orchestrate a trade up from No. 7 to acquire one of the two prospects.
The Bears visited with Mariota two weeks ago, while Winston is scheduled to arrive in Chicago on Wednesday, league sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
While the majority of draft analysts (ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay included) have earmarked Winston at No. 1 to Tampa Bay, there is speculation Tennessee will listen to trade offers for the No. 2 overall selection.
Are the Bears ready to finally cut the cord with Jay Cutler?
If so, what are the odds of the Bears moving up five spots to No. 2 on draft night?
That's according to ESPN NFL Front Office Insider Bill Polian, who discussed the substantial hurdles teams encounter when attempting to consummate deals of that magnitude during a media conference call on Tuesday.
"The key part here is Tennessee, assuming it's Tennessee at No. 2; what do they want for the pick?" Polian said. "They look to the last trade that was done along those lines, it was [Washington moving up to get] Robert Griffin III in 2012 in a very similar situation (Redskins gave St. Louis three first-round picks and a second-rounder to move up from No. 6 to No. 2 to draft RG III).
"It's easy to say we'll go up in the draft. What's the price? Then the question is, even if you think you can afford the price, is Tennessee willing to do it? I haven't heard anybody from Tennessee say we're in the market to trade this pick. They may entertain calls, everybody does, but the price I think is going to be pretty darn high."
Polian added: "Then if it got to that, the question becomes is the inquiring team willing to pay that price? And who or what are you offering if you are the inquiring team? I don't know if they necessarily want any veteran quarterback that has been mentioned. The only thing I've ever heard Tennessee say is they like Zach Mettenberger.
"The fact is it takes two to tango, and the team trading down is the one that sets the level of compensation."