10 worst Chicago Bears draft picks of Ryan Pace era
5. Anthony Miller, 51
The Anthony Miller selection is almost less about what he brought and more about a glimpse into how Ryan Pace saw things compared to a team like New England Patriots. The Patriots traded their second-round pick that turned into Anthony MIller.
The Bears traded a future second-round pick and a fourth-rounder in the 2018 draft. Miller had a good start to his career in 2018, but did not take much of a step in 2019. It all fell apart in 2019, and he was traded in 2020 for a 2022 seventh round pick. Fortunately, Ryan Poles was there and he was able to extend that pick into two picks and selected Dominique Robinson and Ja’Tyre Carter in exchange for Anthony Miller.
The route that Poles took is one that Ryan Pace never took, as he traded future assets to get players he needed now. On the flip side, the Patriots took the two picks that they got for Miller, and turned it into five selections overall, seven total picks, but they used some of them to trade up, once in the second round, and once in the fifth round.
Seeing that the Bears wound up trading Anthony Miller for five players is rough, but it does help to see that Poles brought two back in for him. Beyond that, two of the next three wide receivers taken were Michael Gallup and DJ Chark, two players the Bears wished they had right now. Pace should not have been so trigger-happy, because patience could have got thim Gallup at a cheaper trade cost.