Continuing with ESPN's list of best picks at each draft position in the top 10, we have picks 6,5 and 4.
At position number 6, the Bears come in at #8 with Jimbo Covert in 1983.
They also get an honorable mention for Mark Carrier in 1990.
At the #5 spot, the Bears are #9 with Jim McMahon in 1982.
And finally at the #4 spot, the Bears get the #1 spot in a landslide with Walter Payton in 1975.
Payton had 10 1,000-yard seasons, reached nine Pro Bowls and was named NFL MVP in 1977, when he rushed for a career-high 1,852 yards and scored 16 total touchdowns. His 77 games with at least 100 yards rushing rank him second all-time to Emmitt Smith (78), and his 125 total touchdowns place him seventh all-time. A member of the NFL's 75th Anniversary All-Time Team, Payton was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1993.
They also come in at #4 with Dan Hampton in 1979.
Nicknamed "Danimal" for his ferocious play on the field, Hampton played 12 NFL seasons with the Chicago Bears, earning four Pro Bowl selections. Hampton recorded 6.5 sacks in 1985, despite teams sending extra blockers to stop him. He was a key member of the "46 Defense" that led the Bears to a 15-1 record -- allowing just 198 total points in the regular season and just 10 points in three playoff games -- on their way to a Super Bowl title.
The Bears will continue to be near the top in the next two sections as both Gale Sayers and Dick Butkus show up at picks 3 and 2. It will be interesting to see if they give the top spot Butkus or Barry Sanders. I have seen them both top a list at different sites.