2018: James Daniels, C
2018: Anthony Miller, WR
2017: Adam Shaheen, TE
2016: Cody Whitehair, G
2015: Eddie Goldman, NT
A general manager is ultimately judged on wins and losses, and to a larger extent, championships won, but if we’re to break down the job of a GM it all starts with acquiring players through the draft. Free agency is part of the gig no question, but that’s more used to plug holes or to put a team over the top. Finding young and talented football players to fill out a roster is a must so we’re asking you guys to grade the job done by Chicago Bears Ryan Pace on a round by round basis.
How would you grade Ryan Pace’s second round draft picks?
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I often see fans rip Pace’s first AND second round drafting record on Twitter, and I don’t get it. While his 2nd-round group has only made one Pro Bowl between them, four of the five are expected to be starters as the team heads into the 2020 season.
This will be a big year for both Daniels and Miller to take a step up in play, but with Daniels still learning at just 22-years old, and with Miller coming off a fantastic second half of the 2019 season, I expect good years from both.
Whitehair and Goldman are established pros in the middle of Chicago's front line, and both are still young enough to be ascending players.
Shaheen not panning out hurts, but the fallacy that Pace took an unknown player from a small school needs to stop. He was rated as a top 5 tight end by most draft pundits, and he was being mocked in the second or third rounds by NFL experts leading up to the draft. People that scout prospects for a living knew who he was, as did the 32 NFL teams.
Could the Bears have traded back and still got him? Sure, that’s a possibility, but it takes two to deal, and there’s no guarantee they could have got him later. Hindsight tells us that they should have stayed FAR away from him, but he went about where he was predicted to go.
Rip Pace and his staff for misevaluating Shaheen, not for ‘reaching on an unknown’ prospect.
Check out the poll results for all 7 rounds here: