Ranking the Chicago Bears’ draft against each NFC North team

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NFC North Draft Rank No. 3: Chicago Bears

After a Day 1 that made Bears fans mad online, the Bears made up for it a bit by trading back a few times to accumulate more players.

Given their few picks going into the draft, to begin with, the biggest win besides beefing up the secondary is being able to cast a larger net on some Day 3 prospects. Sure, their likelihood of being a home run lessens, but the value isn’t nearly as much as Day 1 picks.

Chicago Bears selections (11 picks)

  • Round 2, No. 39 overall: Kyler Gordon, CB, Washington
  • Round 2, No. 48 overall: Jaquan Brisker, S, Penn State
  • Round 3, No. 71 overall: Velus Jones Jr., WR, Tennessee
  • Round 5, No. 168 overall: Braxton Jones, OT, Southern Utah
  • Round 5, No. 174 overall: Dominique Robinson, EDGE, Miami (Ohio)
  • Round 5, No. 186 overall: Zachary Thomas, OT, San Diego State
  • Round 6, No. 203 overall: Trestan Ebner, RB, Baylor
  • Round 6, No. 207 overall: Doug Kramer, C, Illinois
  • Round 7, No. 226 overall: Ja’Tyre Carter, OT, Southern
  • Round 7, No. 254: Elijah Hicks, S, Cal
  • Round 7, No. 255: Trenton Gill, P, NC State

In terms of value, that might be one of the aspects bringing this draft up a bit. Velus Jones could potentially be seen as one of the misses when looking at value, but it’s unlikely that Jones would drop to 168.

Having only three selections before pick No. 148 going into the draft is a tough starting point. However, Ryan Poles and the Chicago Bears decided to push their pick off about twenty picks to accumulate some more late-draft capital.

With all of the holes on the Chicago Bears’ roster, trading back made this draft much better than it would have been had the Bears gone with only the picks they had going into the draft.

Now, in terms of need and team fit, the Bears did a pretty good job. Not great, but it’s pretty good.

Kyler Gordon and Jaquan Brisker add immediate help to a defense that hovered near the bottom of the league. While Justin Fields and the offense could use help too, the Bears got exceptional value with their first two picks. Considering the offensive tilt we saw on Day 1, the better players on defense dropped, giving the Bears a better-value-pick at 39 and 48 going defense than they would’ve had drafting offense at those two positions.

At the end of the draft, the Bears were able to add plenty of help in areas of need, however, there were a few picks that weren’t the best. It was a good draft, but two NFC North teams had great drafts.

The first of those two, having a second-ranked draft in the NFC North, were the …