Power Ranking the Top 10 Draft Classes in Chicago Bears History

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Number 8: 1989 Chicago Bears Draft Class

Next on the list is the Chicago Bears' 1989 class, where the team held the 11th and 12th overall selections. With those picks, the Bears added defensive back Donnell Woolford and defensive end Trace Armstrong, who played eight and six seasons in Chicago respectively. Combined, the first-rounders totaled 32 interceptions, 45 sacks, and nearly 1,000 tackles.

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In the second round, the Bears picked up linebacker John Roper, and they hit gold in third-round center Jerry Fontenot, who would go on to start every game for five consecutive seasons. Fourth-round defensive back Markus Paul was also a solid rotational player for the Bears, recording seven interceptions over four and a half seasons before being traded.

Number 7: 1939 Chicago Bears Draft Class

The seventh-best class in team history goes to just the fourth draft ever, where the Chicago Bears used the second overall pick on a familiar name in quarterback Sid Luckman. Serving as a true quarterback on offense, Luckman accounted for nearly 15,000 passing yards during his 12 years in Chicago. Luckman also contributed defensively, notching 17 picks with the Bears.

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The quarterback helped the team win four championships during his career, but he was not the only player from his draft class who made a difference. Picked sixth overall, running back Bill Osmanski led the league in rushing as a rookie and was a part of three championship teams. Guards Ray Bray, drafted in the ninth round, and Aldo Forte, drafted in the 21st round, were both part of multiple championship teams as well.