How well has Ryan Pace drafted in the first round for the Chicago Bears?
Since joining the Chicago Bears in 2015, Ryan Pace has received a lot of backlash from fans over his early-round draft picks. He’s had his ups and downs, but all in all, he has brought this team back to national prominence after countless years in the gutter.
Yes, Trubisky may have been a bad pick, but other than that, Pace hasn’t made any jarringly bad decisions while he’s been in charge in Chicago. The decision to sign John Fox came with questions, but the old coach had been to multiple Super Bowls and had a history of success as a head coach.
The only football crime he has actually committed was being a risk-taker, something that he can’t really be docked points for. There are 32 General Managers in the league and the ones who have found the most success have been the guys who take risks. No, Pace hasn’t had an ideal career so far, but at least he’s willing to stick his neck out to form a strong team.
When it comes to Pace’s first-round picks, none have stepped up as a superstar to this point. From Kevin White through to Roquan Smith, many casual fans outside of Chicago probably haven’t even heard of some of these guys. Some of this comes at the fault of Pace, while others simply came down to bad luck.
Today, I’m going to break down all four of his first-round draft picks to this point in his career. Here are Ryan Pace’s first-round picks, ranked.