The Bears drafted Dick Butkus and Gale Sayers in the first round of the 1965 draft.

Chicago Bears 2018 Draft Grade: B+

The Bears have the next in line of their great linebackers, though Roquan Smith isn't built like his predecessors. He's a star in waiting and should become the leader of the Bears defense in short order. We weren't as high on James Daniels as everybody else, but he allows them to kick Cody Whitehair back to his more comfortable guard position.  WR Anthony Miller was a solid value in the second round and the defenders they took in the later rounds could develop into starters, particularly LB Joel Iyiegbuniwe.

Chicago Bears 2017 Draft Grade: F

The 2017 Bears dumpster fire of an off season continued with the 2017 draft.  First they paid Ichabod Crane Mike Glennon, the headless quarterback, over $15 million when no other team seemed very interested in the journeyman. Then they traded up one spot (giving up two third-rounders and a fourth!) to nab Bitchell Trubisky with the second overall pick.  He's, at best, Alex Smith and more likely to be Blame Gabbert with all of the expectations on him.  He was already booed when he showed up at a Bulls game. And by the way, he changed his named to Mitchell and we, in turn, changed it to Bitchell as a life long reminder of his bitch move.  We were actually okay with the pick of TE Adam Shaheen, a huge dude from a tiny school and then the rest of the picks were...Did we tell you that he changed his name to Mitchell? And Ichabod is upset and the horrorshow rolls on.


Chicago Bears 2016 Draft Grade: C+

We liked the Bears draft last year, but first round pick Kevin White was injured before ever playing a regular season snap.  The 2016 draft also hinges on their first round pick Leonard Floyd whom they traded up to take at pick #9.  We aren't a fan of players who didn't produce in college and Floyd is supposed to be a pass rusher and only produced 17 sacks in three years.  We think he has the potential to be better than that, but it's a projection and we don't like projections in the top ten.  He needs to add significant functional strength to become anything more than a third down specialist.  Speaking of a lack of functional strength, G Cody Whitehair was the weakest of the interior linemen in the draft. The Bears did well in the late rounds snagging future starter DE Jonathan Bullard, thumping RB Jordan Howard, one of our favorite players in S Deandre Houston-Carson and slot receiver Daniel Braverman.

CHICAGO BEARS 2015 DRAFT GRADE: A-

The Bears had a nice intersection of value and need in the 2015 draft.  Kevin White is a future star and paired with Alshon Jeffery he should provide a great target for Jay Cutler to overthrow, get pissed at.  Second round defensive tackle Eddie Goldman isn't quite the talent he was made out to be early in the draft process, but he's 335 pounds and can take on a double team.  Hroniss Grasu is technically sound and could start as a rookie.  4th round running back Jeremy Langford was a bit undervalued and we are fans of 5th round safety Adrian Amos out of Penn State.  Overall, they hit on every one of their first 5 picks and we could see 4-5 of those players starting by 2016.

UDFA most likely to make the team: Anthony Jefferson- S, UCLA

CHICAGO BEARS 2014 DRAFT GRADE: C

The Bears needed help everywhere on defense where Father Time is beginning to drool on them.  4 of their first 5 draft picks were on the defensive side of the ball.  Kyle Fuller was the correct position for their first round pick, but we're not sure he was the right player with Jason Verrett and Darqueze Dennard still on the board.  Ego Ferguson in the second round was one of the worst picks in the draft.  Third round defensive tackle Will Sutton is a first round talent who battled weight issues all year, including at the Senior Bowl.  Safety Brock Vereen has potential and he will probably be at least a slight upgrade on Chris Conte.  Ka'Deem Carey is a decent back-up to Matt Forte but he's not a gamebreaker.

UDFA most likely to make the team: Christian Jones- LB, Florida State