In a recent ranking of the best hauls of the 2017 NFL draft, the Chicago Bears checked in at number four overall
No matter what happens, when we look back to the 2017 NFL draft, it will define where the Ryan Pace era goes. It is the year in which he traded up for Mitchell Trubisky. The move was met with skepticism at the time, however, in a recent quick look back at the 2017 NFL Draft, the Chicago Bears were met with rave reviews.
Bleacher Report ranks the top 32 drafts after one season, and the Chicago Bears checked in at number four overall. Their reasoning:
"To this point, Mitchell Trubisky has outperformed Mahomes, Peterman and Kizer. He started fewer games than the Browns signal-caller but looked the part as a franchise passer through 12 outings. There’s no question general manager Ryan Pace approached the offseason with the 23-year-old’s progress in mind.Tarik Cohen logged 723 yards from scrimmage, and new head coach Matt Nagy is looking forward to deploying him in creative ways. Eddie Jackson fits the description as a playmaking safety on the back end. He started all 16 games and finished with two interceptions—one returned for a score—six pass breakups and three fumble recoveries.The decision to sign tight end Trey Burton will likely limit Adam Shaheen’s volume of targets, but the 6’5″, 270-pound pass-catcher could remain effective as a reliable option in the end zone. Last year, he only racked up 127 receiving yards but reached paydirt three times."
The draft rests on Trubisky, and he does show promise. However, Cohen and Jackson are excellent finds by the Chicago Bears that will impact the franchise. While Burton will play more than Shaheen, he has a role and is going to be much more involved in 2018 than in 2017.
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No Jordan Morgan has not done much yet. Still, the rest of the draft has the chance to provide four impact starters.
Ahead of the Bears sits the Houston Texans, San Fransisco 49ers, and New Orleans Saints. It seems fair that the Saints and 49ers sit ahead of the Bears currently. The Saints added two players of the year candidates at their position in Marshonn Latimore and Alvin Kamara. They also added Ryan Ramcyzk, a starting tackle Marcus Williams, a starting safety and Alex Anzalone, who made a few starts. Add in Trey Hendrickson, a potential rotational pass rusher and the Saints had an elite haul.
The 49ers added Reuben Foster and Solomon Thomas which looks like two longterm starters in the front seven. George Kittle was a find at tight end, Trent Taylor may win a starting slot job and Adrian Colbert went from a late round find to a starter.
However, the Houston Texans can be questioned. Yes, they drafted DeShaun Watson, who played well above his head with DeAndre Hopkins, and Will Fuller before injuring his ACL. That is the basis of the ranking for Houston.
Beyond that? Zach Cunningham, D’Onta Foreman, Julie’n Davenport, Carlos Watkins, Treston Decoud, and Kyle Fuller. Let’s just say that is a lot of love for the DeShaun Watson selection.
If you ask me, the Chicago Bears would rank number three. Thoughts?