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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.

A key cog on Mike Ditka's offensive lines in Chicago, Covert was only a two-time Pro Bowler, but played in a era when the NFC housed such tackles as Hall of Famer Jackie Slater, Joe Jacoby and Gary Zimmerman. Former Pitt star Covert helped pave the way for a running game that led the league in rushing yards four straight seasons (1983-86).

They also get an honorable mention for Mark Carrier in 1990.

At the #5 spot, the Bears are #9 with Jim McMahon in 1982.

While McMahon's career numbers might not blow people away (18,148 yards, 100 touchdown passes in 15 NFL seasons), his toughness and ability to play through injuries will forever make him a hero in the eyes of Bears' fans. He threw 15 touchdown passes in the 1985 Super Bowl-winning season, becoming the first Chicago QB since 1964 to reach the Pro Bowl. McMahon would then throw three touchdown passes and rush for three more during the postseason. He ended his career as a backup to Brett Favre, earning another Super Bowl ring as a member of the 1996 Packers.

And finally at the #4 spot, the Bears get the #1 spot in a landslide with Walter Payton in 1975.

Considered by some to be the greatest player ever, "Sweetness" ran roughshod over defenders for 13 seasons, setting an NFL record with 16,726 yards rushing (Emmitt Smith has since broken the record).

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.