The New York Giants and the Chicago Bears have both had incredibly successful off season. Both teams are coming off of some depressing years of football, resulting in the Giants having top 10 picks in the draft for the majority of the last 10 years, and the Bears being stuck in mediocrity aside from the 2018 season. However, albeit in different ways, both teams truly set themselves up to be a force in their divisions for the foreseeable future.

The Giants broke a 6 year playoff drought, going 9-7-1 and beating the Minnesota Vikings in the wildcard round of the playoffs in one of the most exciting games I have ever seen and experienced as a Giants fan. Along with this, they were able to truly form an identity. Daniel Jones stepped up and showed enough to prove to Joe Schoen and company that he is a franchise quarterback, resulting in him receiving a 160 million dollar deal. They truly showed dominance on the ground, as Saquon Barkley looked debatably better than he ever did as a rookie, and even with a receiving core featuring… Darius Slayton, Isaiah Hodgins, and Richie James, they were able to run the ball down teams throats. They also began to establish a strong defensive presence with a dominant defensive line.

The Bears, although finishing with the worst record in the league, set themselves up for future success by obtaining the number one pick in the draft, which they then proceeded to trade to the Panthers for DJ Moore and the 9th pick in the draft. With a promising young core of young players, such as Justin Fields, Jaylon Johnson, DJ Moore, Darnell Mooney, and many more, the Bears may be putting themselves in a serious position to potentially contend for a playoff spot this upcoming season. After an extremely active free agency period thus far, they have been able to sure up a lot of holes on the defensive side of the ball, which was a major weakness for them last season.

With both teams being in such a better spot, one can really look back at their draft day trade in 2021 as a turning point for each organization. The trade ended up finalizing with the Giants trading the number 10 pick for the Bears number 20 pick, along with their first rounder the next year.

The Bears ended up drafting Justin Fields who, despite lots of criticism, has flashed a ton of potential through the air and especially on the ground, allowing for the Bears to have a guy they view as a franchise QB.

The Giants ended up with Kadarius Toney with the 20th pick, who, this past season, they flipped to Kansas City for a 3rd and a 6th. Toney, while a great player at times, had severe issues with the Giants both on and off the field. A few weeks ago, the Giants were able to move that 3rd rounder to the Raiders for star TE Darren Waller. The Bears 2022 pick ended up becoming the 7th pick in the draft, with which the Giants selected Evan Neal out of Alabama. Neal has certainly not been perfect thus far, but is a promising tackle opposite of Andrew Thomas, and that pick also allowed the Giants the flexibility to draft Kayvon Thibodeaux with the 5th pick.

To recap, this trade resulted in the Bears receiving a franchise QB in Justin Fields, and the Giants receiving a star TE in Darren Waller, along with a promising OT in Evan Neal, who will hopefully help to protect Daniel Jones for years. If this trade is not a win-win for both teams so far, I honestly do not know what would be.

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