Chicago Bears: 2020 NFL Draft is most important for Ryan Pace

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Where to begin…

2015: Kevin White, Hroniss Grasu, Jeremy Langford

Along with Amari Cooper, Kevin White was considered to be one of the best wide receivers in the 2015 class. And not long into the Chicago Bears offseason program, White suffered a shin injury that caused him to miss all of the 2015 season. It was more of the same from 2016 to 2018 as he played in just 14 games. White tallied a combined 285 yards in Chicago before being released.

Hroniss Grasu finished All Pac-12 First Team in his final three seasons at Oregon and was a finalist for the Rimington Trophy in both 2013 and 2014. The Chicago Bears tabbed him as their future center with the third-round pick, but he played in just 14 games while missing all of the 2016 season.

Coming out of Michigan State, Jeremy Langford rushed for 737 yards in two seasons in Chicago. Howard eventually replaced Langford, and he’s is no longer in the NFL.

2016: Leonard Floyd, Jonathan Bullard

Recently released by the Chicago Bears, Leonard Floyd was expected to be a premier pass rusher in the NFL. He bulked up considerably in his first year and recorded seven sacks that year. However, he never matched that production, and the Bears felt he was no longer part of their future.

Drafted in the third round, Jonathan Bullard recorded 12 sacks, 175 total tackles, and 34 tackles for loss during his time at Florida. But that production failed to translate to the NFL as he registered just two sacks in three seasons with the Bears.

2017: Adam Shaheen

Tabbed the next Rob Gronkowski, Adam Shaheen shot up everyone’s draft boards after an impressive performance at the NFL combine. But he’s recorded just 249 yards in three injury-plagued years so far. The Bears appear to be moving on at the tight end position, and it’s a matter of time before Shaheen is gone.

2018: Joel Iyiegbuniwe

At Western Kentucky, Iyiegbuniwe recorded 117 tackles, including 11.5 for loss in 13 games as a junior. The Bears took a flyer on him in the fourth round. He’s seen just two percent of the defensive snaps in his first two years, and his ceiling appears to be a special teams player.

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2020 will be a defining year for Trubisky

This year will make or break Trubisky’s career in Chicago. After a promising 2018, last year was pretty much a trainwreck. He looked lost at times and made ill-timed decisions. With Nick Foles now in the picture, the pressure is officially on for Trubisky to take the next step forward and stay there.