10 best Chicago Bears draft picks of the Ryan Pace era

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1. Cody Whitehair, 56th overall

While Darnell Mooney has the upside to take over the top spot if he can become a number one wideout, Cody Whitehair has the proven track record that the younger names such as Mooney, Fields, and Johnson do not have yet.

Whitehair was a second-round pick, and he lived up to the expectations of a player expected to become a starter.  Whitehair started as a rookie in 2016 and never looked back.

He has missed two starts in his seven-season career. The Bears jerked him around, asking him to play center, left guard, and right guard. He never stuck around the same position long enough to hit All-Pro status at any of them, but he consistently played at a Pro Bowl level for the majority of his seven-year career.

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The upside of an elite game-changer such as Fields is not here, nor is the star find of a fifth-round pick. Still, Whitehair was a second-round pick and turned into a seven-year starter. At this point that is worthy of being the top pick by Ryan Pace.