Power Ranking the Top 10 Draft Classes in Chicago Bears History

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Number 10: 2008 Chicago Bears Draft Class

The first official installment brings us to 2008 when the Chicago Bears used a second-round pick on running back Matt Forte. Over eight seasons in Chicago, Forte would finish with less than 1,400 all-purpose yards just once, and his 12,718 career total yards with the team is second most in franchise history.

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Forte was joined by first-round offensive tackle Chris Williams, third-round wide receiver Earl Bennett, and fifth-round tight end Kellen Davis as offensive selections in the draft. Williams started two seasons before being released, but Bennett and Davis both served as solid passing options when called upon. The Bears also picked up defensive backs Craig Steltz and Zackary Bowman in the fourth and fifth rounds respectively to help bolster an already impressive defensive unit, and both served as solid rotational players through the 2013 season.

Number 9: 1962 Chicago Bears Draft Class

Coming in at number nine on the list is the Chicago Bears' 1962 draft class led by first-round running back Ronnie Bull. A nine-year veteran with the team, Bull won Rookie of the Year and helped the team win an NFL Championships just a season later. In nine years with the team, the back totaled nearly 4,300 yards and 13 all-purpose touchdowns.

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Outside of the first round, the Bears also selected second-round defensive back Bennie McRae, fourth-round offensive lineman Jim Cadile, and seventh-round defensive end Ed O'Bradovich. All three of these players would go on to play for the Bears for at least as long as Bull did, and all three were integral to the team's championship run, but it is worth noting that O'Bradovich's 51.5 sacks with the Bears are ranked seventh most in team history.