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Chicago Bears to have No. 8 pick in 2018 NFL Draft

The most important news that you’ll hear until the Bears fire John Fox in the next 24 hours.

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Ryan Pace will have his work cut out for him this offseason.
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After the action that transpired in Week 17 of the 2017 NFL season, the Chicago Bears will have the eighth overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Three other teams finished with a 5-11 record: the Denver Broncos, the New York Jets and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. However, due to having the strongest schedule of the four, the Bears have the lowest pick of the group.

The top 20 looks like this:

  1. Cleveland Browns
  2. New York Giants
  3. Indianapolis Colts
  4. Cleveland Browns (via Houston Texans)
  5. Denver Broncos
  6. New York Jets
  7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  8. Chicago Bears
  9. San Francisco 49ers *
  10. Oakland Raiders *
  11. Miami Dolphins
  12. Cincinnati Bengals
  13. Washington Redskins
  14. Green Bay Packers
  15. Arizona Cardinals
  16. Baltimore Ravens
  17. Los Angeles Chargers
  18. Seattle Seahawks
  19. Dallas Cowboys
  20. Detroit Lions

* The 49ers and Raiders will need a coin flip to determine the 9th pick.

The Bears will likely target an edge rusher, a wide receiver or an offensive tackle in the first round. However, with the current order, it is unlikely that they will be able to draft Bradley Chubb, who is arguably the top defensive prospect in this year’s class.

As Ryan Pace enters his fourth season as Chicago’s general manager, he will be faced with the task of turning the team into a playoff contender. If he doesn’t, then he may find himself looking for a new job.

With this upcoming offseason being one of the most important ones in recent memory, we here at Windy City Gridiron will have in-depth coverage of the draft in the next few months. Make sure to stay tuned to the site to stay up to date.