Who are the worst Chicago Bears draft picks over the last 10 years?

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Chicago Bears 2018 NFL Draft: Anthony Miller, WR

Selection: Second Round (51st overall) 

This is where the list starts to get ugly. After taking Roquan Smith and James Daniels with their first two picks, Chicago made the decision to trade back into the second round to grab Memphis receiver, Anthony Miller.

Essentially, the Bears invested multiple picks in Miller, as they traded away the 105th pick in the 2018 Draft and their second-round pick in 2019 to acquire the 51st selection in the first place.

In many ways, this pick encapsulates Pace’s downfall in Chicago. It’s a rule of thumb that teams trading up should prioritize the most valuable positions. Not only did Pace neglect that sentiment by selecting an undersized slot receiver, but the player didn’t end up being a very good player. 

Although he showed flashes as a rookie, things never materialized for Miller in Chicago, and was traded for a Day 3 pick at the start of the 2021 season and didn’t make a roster in 2022.

I’m a big advocate for separating the process from the outcome when evaluating draft picks. Things often work better on paper than in practice, and it’s these unknowns that make Draft Day such a captivating event for everyone involved. 

However, Pace’s decision to sacrifice significant draft capital for an undersized receiver who turned 24 during his rookie season was an irresponsible use of resources from the jump, and hindsight just confirms it.