The Chicago Bears made nine picks in the 2016 NFL Draft, and so far most publications are giving the Bears good grades. The lowest I've seen them receive is a B from Sports Illustrated, with the highest coming form our very own Superfans, although I think they might be biased.
Here's a recap of what the Bears did in case you missed it.
First Round - Leonard Floyd, Outside Linebacker, Georgia
2nd Round - Cody Whitehair, Offensive guard, Kansas State
Third Round - Jonathan Bullard, Defensive End, Florida
Fourth Round - Nick Kwiatkoski, Inside Linebacker, West Virginia
Fourth Round - Deon Bush, Safety, Miami
Fourth Round - Deiondre' Hall, Defensive Back, University of Northern Iowa
Fifth Round - Jordan Howard, Running Back, Indiana
Sixth Round - DeAndre Houston-Carson, Safety, William & Mary
Seventh Round - Daniel Braverman, Wide Receiver, Western Michigan
I think the riskiest pick may be the 1st one, with Floyd having that boom or bust potential. He may have the highest ceiling of all nine picks, but he also has the lowest floor. Floyd has the speed (5th best 40 of all the OLBs) and explosiveness (2nd best vertical and 3rd best broad jump of all OLBs), but he has to prove he has the strength to take on NFL offensive linemen.
Whitehair and Bullard are favorites of a lot of draft pundits out there, including Pro Football Focus, who had these Bears 1-2 in their Best 16 pick in the 2016 draft article.
They had Bullard as the best selection in the draft, and he's my pick for favorite Bears pick as well. Here's what PFF said about him.
To find a defensive lineman with Bullard's upside in the third round is ridiculous value. However, Bullard isn't even a high-risk, high-reward type player. His run-stopping ability will most certainly translate to the NFL after he led all of college with a +51.5 run defense grade a year ago. It's a question of whether his athleticism will ever begin to translate as a pass rusher after he posted the 68th-best pass rushing grade in the FBS last year.
Whitehair was I pick I didn't like as it was announced, I thought there was still good value at defensive back and the d-line, but I quickly realized he was the top OG in the draft and came around on the selection. Here's what PFF said about him.
Whitehair is another college tackle that will almost certainly slide inside because of length concerns. He was the cleanest college tackle in the nation a year ago, leading all of the FBS in grading. His positioning and technique are already at the level of a seasoned NFL veteran and if he can put a bit more strength on his frame, Whitehair has the potential to be a top-5 interior lineman.
The three 4th rounders all will help the Bears in the 3rd phase, and all are very good tacklers. Howard was a great value pick in the 5th, and many believe he could end up the starter with Jeremy Langford being the 3rd down guy.
Houston-Carson in the 6th is another player that should have immediate special teams impact and 7th rounder Daniel Braverman was called one of PFFs Top 10 Impact Sleeper Picks.
If you're looking for a slot superstar in this class, Braverman is your guy. He had the highest yards per route run average from the slot in this draft class at 3.27, racking up 1,370 yards and 13 touchdowns from the slot. He has reliable hands, having dropped just seven of the 113 catchable passes thrown his way when lined up in the slot, and has a real chance to make an impact on that Bears offense as a rookie. Not bad for a seventh-round draft pick.
Braverman may have to carve out his niche as a punt returner while waiting for some offensive reps, but if Eddie Royal falters or is injured again, Braverman may take the slot WR job and never look back. After Bullard, Braverman is my favorite pick.
Now it's your turn, who was your favorite Chicago Bears draft choice?